Macbeth the two protagonists, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth demonstrate both strength and weakness of character and action

Macbeth the two protagonists, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth demonstrate both strength and weakness of character and action

Macbeth In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth the two protagonists, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth demonstrate both strength and weakness of character and action. Through the course of the play Lady Macbeth’s early power and strength weakens while Macbeth’s rises from weakness to a position of strength and great power. In the beginning Lady Macbeth is stronger, however towards the end Macbeth becomes the stronger one. The short tragedy of Macbeth is a morbid story of ruthlessness, power, and murder. Shakespeare’s shortest play, Macbeth shows the effects murder can have on a person’s soul. Early in the play, Shakespeare develops the strengths of Lady Macbeth as contrasted with the weaknesses of her husband. For example Lady Macbeth persuades her husband to kill King Duncan to give Macbeth air to the throne, she organizes the murder and frames the guards. Without her persuasion and planning Macbeth wouldn’t have committed the murder. This quote by Lady Macbeth shows her ruthlessness: “My hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white”? a little water clears us of this deed. How easy it is then! Your constancy hath left you unattended.” She is able to cleanse herself of the blood without being affected, however Macbeth is not, she calls him cowardly. He is so troubled by his guilt that he cannot sleep. He shows this in the quote “Me thought I heard a voice cry sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep”?the innocent sleep, sleep that knits up the raveled sleeve of care, the death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath”?” Lady Macbeth is able to manipulate King Duncan’s murder with no remorse, she is stronger than her husband, Macbeth who struggles with the guilt he feels for the murder. Midway through the play we find that Lady Macbeth is beginning to lose her power and strength while Macbeth, now the king is at the same time finding his. For example Macbeth quotes: “They are vulnerable then be cheer…


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