Compare Tommy Kim And Lady Macbeth

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Macbeth Essay: Is Lady Macbeth more ruthless than Macbeth? Tommy Kim Everyone has certain goals they want to achieve in life and people can attain their goals through different ways and means. To divide the method of achieving one’s goal into two ways, people can either wait for time to take its toll or perform tasks with their own hands to fulfill their aspiration. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have the goal of Macbeth taking the throne and to obtain this easier and quicker, they decided to kill King Duncan. Only those who are ruthless can commit such an atrocious act like murder. Thus, it is indisputable to say that both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were ruthless in some sense. However, I believe that Lady Macbeth is more…show more content…
In this scene, Macbeth maintains “First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, who should against his murdered shut the door, not bear the knife myself,” which illustrates that he still holds a conscience and rational mind of not wanting to kill Duncan to take the throne. Macbeth’s soliloquy of this scene demonstrates his judgment of all the positives and negatives of murdering Duncan and for a while, he decides not to kill. Nevertheless, after he notifies his wife that “We will proceed no further in this business,” she instantly makes her husband to change his mind. It is lucidly depicted that Lady Macbeth does not care about her husband’s decision but rather prioritizes her self-interest. She criticizes and reproaches Macbeth about his foolish decision and eventually alters his mind by saying “What beast was’t then that made you break this enterprise to me?” By stating such phrase, she lowers Macbeth’s self-esteem and self-worth. In addition, she also brings up the issue of love to intimidate Macbeth by stating if he does not kill Duncan, he does not truly love her. This harsh yet sly comment of her confirms Macbeth’s decision of killing Duncan. After they both decided to kill the king, it’s Lady Macbeth who specifies and sets forth the plot. This very fact further substantiates the point that although Macbeth is ruthless in some sense, Lady Macbeth is much more
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