Compare and Contrast the Way the Ways in Which Lady Macbeth and Her Husband Are Presented in the First 2 Acts of the Play.

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Compare and contrast the way the ways in which Lady Macbeth and her husband are presented in the first 2 acts of the Play. "Fair is foul and foul is fair." [Act I, Scene 1]. This is said by the three witches (or weird sisters) in the very first act of the play, before the character of Macbeth has even been introduced. It suggests a certain foreshadowing of things to come in the play, implying that all may be not what it seems. The quote can also be said to represent the characteristics of Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth. In the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is the foul, ruthless woman who tries to convince her husband to commit regicide in order to become King. She manipulates him into killing the King, sparking the many murders to follow this event. Initially, she differs from Macbeth in this way because he is reluctant to kill his kinsman. He is seen by his fellow peers as ‘brave Macbeth’ and ‘valour’s minion’ and his wife believes him to be ‘too full o’the milk of human kindness’ to ever realise the witch’s prophecy. Macbeth could be perceived to be the ‘fair’ and his wife the ‘foul’ because of his heroic stature in society; however, him and his wife share an ultimately fatal flaw, ambition, which is made evident in the way he reacts after the witch’s prediction. Lady Macbeth exploits this ambition because she recognises his desire to be ‘great’ although she doubts Macbeth’s ability to fulfill or enact the prophecy. She is confident that the ‘valour of my tongue’ will persuade him to execute the unthinkable task of murdering Duncan and although Macbeth puts up a feeble fight, Lady Macbeth is adamant on her desire and even goes as far as to attack Macbeth’s manhood in order to get what she wants. This shows the extent of Lady Macbeth’s immorality because she goes as far as emasculating her own husband to accomplish what is initially only a faint

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