Macbeth Vs. Lady Macbeth

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Compare and Contrast Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
Petar Ojdrovic
April 13, 2011

Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth are characters that are quite different, but certain similarities are evident as well. The most striking difference between the two is the ease with which they commit murder. At the beginning of the book, it is evident that Macbeth is very uncomfortable with killing the king. His wife, however, is different. She plans the murder with ease, and shows very little remorse for her actions. This can be see when Macbeth says "I Am Thane of Cawdor: If good, why do I yield to that [thought of killing Duncan] whose Horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs, against the use of nature?" This again shows how Macbeth is unwilling to commit the crime. On the other hand, Lady Macbeth is, going so far as to call her husband a woman, and to call him weak in order to get him to do the task. The second difference between Macbeth and his wife is the way that they view the prophecy made by the witches. At first, Macbeth is reluctant to believe the prophecy. When he first hears the prophecy, he is puzzled and does not believe that he is thane of Cawdor. However, once he learns that he has acquired this new title, he still looks to the prophesy with some skepticism. Unlike his wife, the idea of killing the king in order to fulfill the prophecy has not crossed his mind yet. When Lady Macbeth reads the letter from her husband, she is immediately taken up by the ambition to become royalty. Because Macbeth sets less in store by the prophecy, his wife needs to force him to commit the act, which will crown him King. The third major difference between Macbeth and his wife is the way with which they treat their new life as King and Queen. Lady Macbeth seems to have adapted fairly well to the new life. Macbeth, however, has not. At the beginning of
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