Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's Hunger for Power

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Two Characters Hungry for Power In the play “Macbeth,” written by William Shakespeare, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are portrayed differently while both have the same goal; wanting authority. These two main characters have a driving ambition, causing them to experience guilt and evil. Due to their extreme hunger for power, the two main characters come to a tragic end. Though they are similar in many ways, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth also have their differences, which include the changing of power throughout the play. The most vital aspect of these two characters is how their roles are reversed by the end. While Macbeth becomes stronger and more ruthless, Lady Macbeth does the opposite. She starts out being ambitious and the “man of the house,” but becomes weaker and more reserved. The characters’ traits foil, emphasizing their contrasts Lady Macbeth is a deeply determined woman who yearns for power and position. In the beginning of Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth’s wife is portrayed as stronger and a more merciless character, urging her husband to seize the crown by murdering King Duncan. Furthermore, she is determined to achieve her goal in any possible way. Lady Macbeth at times is seen as clever, using her manipulation skills to her advantage. Persuasion is what Lady Macbeth uses to overpower Macbeth. She was the character who wore “the pants of the house,” easily influencing her husband’s decisions. She would control Macbeth by saying how he is a sissy and that his “‘nature is too full o’ the milk of human kindness’” (1.5 16-17). After Lady Macbeth said that to her husband, he was insulted. To prove to his wife that he was not a “girl,” he followed her demands. In addition, she is the type of character that takes control of situations. After Macbeth murdered Duncan, he realized that he forgot to leave the two daggers behind. He refused to go back into the

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