Polar Opposites In Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'

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Ken Badstibner Mr.Sinning Academic English 12 6 March 2011 Polar Opposites Across the world, from continent to continent no two indivuals happen to be the same. Even identical twins are not completely the same and posses different qualities. In life, on many occasions differences in personalities and other qualities lead to the destruction of relationships. In the play of Macbeth, the two main characters happpen to be physically close, but mentally could not be farther apart. Their difference in mentalities leads to their personal actions that push the plot. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth happen to be polar opposites due to their personalities and drive. To…show more content…
Macbeth struggles with having blood on his hands so Lady Macbeth takes control and exclaims, " Inform of purpose!/ Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead/ Are but as pictures..." (Shakespear 2.2. 51-53). Due to her dominant personality Lady Macbeth cleans up the mess left by the mentally weaker Macbeth. In conclusion, Lady Macbeth asserts her dominance and takes over situations through her superior personality. To start, the characters drives are on different levels as well and help prove the point why they are opposites. Both characters maintain a desire and drive for power but Lady Macbeth's actually drives her counter parts proving her to be the superior of the two. Her drive for power happens to be so ridiculous that it controls Macbeth's actions. She basically questions his man hood at one point and and claims she would slay a baby for him. In return this motivates Macbeth to man up and slay Duncan. To make sure Macbeth goes through with the homicide Lady Macbeth gives him incentive , " We fail/ But screw your courage to the sticking place/ And we'll not fail..."( Shakespeare 1.6.59-61). She states that if…show more content…
Lady Macbeth quietly whispers to herself, "... Make thick my blood./ Stop up the access and passage to remorse/ That no compunctions visitings of nature/ Shake fell my purpose, nor keep peace between/ The effect and it. Come to my woman's breasts/ and take the milk for gall..." (Shakespear 1.5.40-45). Lady Macbeth actually asks to become a man because she believes it will complete her and reward her with all the power. Since this request can not come to fruition the next best thing would be her husband come to power and rule the kingdom. Ultimately, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth differ in their drive but Lady Macbeth's asserts herself meaining Macbeth takes a back seat and complete's all of her wishes. To conclude, drive seperates the two characters but Lady Macbeths ambitions motivate and control Macbeth throughout the play. In summary, in The Tragedy of Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare Macbeth and Lady Macbeth differ in their personalities and drive. Both often share the same idea but Lady Macbeth constantly asserts her ideas while Macbeth listens and honestly never states his true feelings. Badstibner

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