Comparative Paragraph Between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

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In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth feels guilty after slaughtering King Duncan whereas Lady Macbeth is unfazed. To begin with, Macbeth feels that he is not honorable enough to have the title of Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth hears a voice cry “‘Glamis hath murder’d sleep’, and therefore Cawdor/Shall sleep no more” (2.2.46, 46). Here, Macbeth does not think that he deserves the title because he dishonoured the king who gave him the opportunity to succeed. It is quite ironic how the original Thane of Cawdor was a traitor and now Macbeth follows down the same path. Furthermore, Macbeth feels regretful since he knows he can never get rid of this sin. If others identify Macbeth’s sin, he will be frowned upon and punished. Macbeth questions “will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood/ Clean for my hand?” (2.2.63, 64). Macbeth believes that there is no amount of water that can cleanse his sin. Macbeth has disobeyed the rules of a soldier by not only murdering the King which makes him a traitor, yet he has also killed a defenseless man as Duncan was asleep. On the other hand, Lady Macbeth is unfazed by Macbeth murdering King Duncan. For instance, Lady Macbeth believes that the deceased are only asleep. Lady Macbeth states that “The sleeping and the dead/ Are but as pictures” (2.2.56, 57). Lady Macbeth is emotionless because she feels that death and sleep are exactly the same. She tries to convince Macbeth that murder is not as great of a sin as he thinks it is. Lady Macbeth feels no remorse in her and Macbeth’s actions due to her greedy and cruel personality. In addition, Lady Macbeth proves that she is more rational than Macbeth. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to “be not lost/ So poorly in your thoughts” (2.2.74, 75). She portrays her strong ability to separate her emotions from the cruel actions of Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth that he should not

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