The Role Reversal Between Macbeth & Lady Macbeth

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In the play Macbeth by Shakespeare, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s way of thinking get switched. The main reasons for this are the three witches. They told Macbeth and his trustworthy friend, Banquo, that he would be Thane of Glamis, which he already is, Thane of Cawdor, and the king of Scotland. Banquo was told he would father kings. They were both sceptic of these prophecies, but once Macbeth soon became Thane of Cawdor he started believing in what the witches told him. Once he sees Lady Macbeth, after she has been informed of this news, they immediately conclude they must kill the king of Scotland, Duncan, even though the prophecy mentioned no such thing. even though she is quick to act she is also sceptic of this…show more content…
He prays, “Come, seeing night, scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day.”(pg.95) Macbeth wants the good that comes with day to leave and the sin that comes with night to come, just like what Lady Macbeth prayed for when she had the power in the relationship. Lady Macbeth started in control, while Macbeth was timid and scared. By the end of the play Macbeth had taken charge and Lady Macbeth became almost completely excluded from is life. Even though it seems as if Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are completely different, they actually share a lot of similarities. They both were motivated by ambition and greed for royalty and power. Neither of them care what they have to do to get there. Just because their roles in the play reversed they still experienced the same emotions and feelings, except at different times throughout the play. The once cautious man, Macbeth, had become a fearless murderer. He said, “I have almost forgot the taste of fears.”(pg.177) Lady Macbeth was the women full of ambition and the drive to kill, but turned into the bystander of all these terrible actions. At first they both thought all they had to do for Macbeth to become king was to kill Duncan. It seems Lady Macbeth was not prepared for all of the other killings and didn’t prepare herself for how her actions could ruin both their lives. At first these horrible actions were thought to only have a short-term effect. Well Lady
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