Macbeth and Lady Macbeth: Similarities

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth: Similarities

Throughout the play, Macbeth’s family is the main highlight of the story. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have successfully taken over the throne because of their team work and their combined effort which is only possible because they share a lot of things in common. Throughout the play, we see their character and behavior in situations which reveals to the reader their similarities.

From the start, we see their hunger for more power. Even though Macbeth had just been promoted as a thane, he is avaricious and is looking for more power and is willing to do anything for it. In the same way, when Lady Macbeth hears of the witch’s prophecy, she is also willing to do anything to gain her power as queen. From this, we can see their selfishness and their ignorance for other people. They are even prepared to murder the king who is their guest, to achieve what they want.

Due to their power hungry mind set, they are both guilt of many murders to maintain their power. After murdering Duncan, they also murder Macbeth’s friend Banquo and the family of Macduff without any compassion. Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are motivated by the ambition and greed for royalty and greatness, and this is the main cause for their sins.

Although Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth have a lot of things in common, they do differ in some things. When it comes to their mental strength, Macbeth was first hesitant to murder Duncan and committing such a terrible crime. Lady Macbeth however was confident and was only scared because of Macbeth’s human kindness that might make him change his mind.

At first, Macbeth’s conscience stops him from committing murders. This can be seen in his imagination of the daggers. Later, Macbeth to some degree does regret his murders when the ghost of Banquo appears in the feast. Throughout these things, Lady Macbeth seems to be strong and makes sense in front of the guests and tries to hide their murder and convinces Macbeth that it will all eventually fade away form his memory.

But, later in the play it is proved that Macbeth is stronger in suppressing his conscience than Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth commits suicide while Macbeth still remains and determined to fight until the end. Macbeth is confident and believes that he is immortal, as the witches have convinced him that “no man born of woman” shall hurt Macbeth.

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