Macbeth Character Analysis

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Throughout the play, there is no doubt that Macbeth commits some ‘evil’ acts. One would say he is evil simply for trying to justify his hellish sins and performing “bloody business”. However, Lady Macbeth, both manipulative and sly, can also be perceived as evil due to her mind of “direst cruelty” and lack of moral conscience. In response to the Witches prophecy, Lady Macbeth’s evil intentions are far greater to those of Macbeth’s, as her immediate thoughts are to “pour my spirits into thine ear”. She is convinced that her husband is “too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness” to fulfill the prophecy. Lady Macbeth also states “art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it”, she obviously losing faith in Macbeth. Macbeth’s initial thoughts are “so foul and fair a day I have not seen”. Macbeth is confused by the witches and what they foresee. No such ambiguity occurs in the response of the Witches to Macbeth: "thane of Glamis. But how of Cawdor? The thane of Cawdor lives." This contrast between what is uncertain and what is certain, or between what is confused and what is ordered or ordained by Fate, is one of the crucial structural components in the writing of this play, and it is clear that Shakespeare wants us to see it. Shortly after witches prophecy, for both characters, murder comes to mind, but not in the same way. Macbeth is hesitant and unsure as he is grateful for his new position, “ The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down or else o’erleap” and does not want to sacrifice this by committing any sort of evil act telling his wife “we will proceed no further in this business”. This is pure evidence that Macbeth was having second thoughts. In contrast, this forced Lady Macbeth to suspect “was the hope drunk”. This is yet another sign that Lady Macbeth is losing faith in Macbeth. At this point, neither Macbeth or Lady Macbeth seem more 'evil' than the other. As neither have yet to commit any blatant evil sins. Leading up to the act of treason, Macbeth is still weary but still has an urge of ambition. However, his wife is very confident and strives in persuading Macbeth to commit because you need to " screw your courage to the sticking- place, And we

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