This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

A Comparison Of Lady Macbeth And Antonio From The Shakespearean Plays Macbeth And Tempest

797 words - 4 pages

In almost every Shakespearean play, there is a power-hungry character who will stop at nothing to rule. In the plays Macbeth and Tempest by Shakespeare, this rule is definitely applied. Although Macbeth himself is the one who starts all of the power talk, Lady Macbeth is stronger and more ruthless than her husband. Shakespeare uses Lady Macbeth ultimately to imply that women can be just as cruel and heartless as men. In Tempest, Antonio, Prospero’s brother is extremely power-hungry. His love for anything powerful forces him to use any strategy possible to get his way. Lady Macbeth from Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Antonio from Shakespeare’s Tempest are both manipulative, cold-blooded, but their punishments for their actions are extremely different.
As soon as their characters are introduced, it is easy to tell that Lady Macbeth and Antonio are manipulative characters. In Act One, Scene 7, Lady Macbeth throws the ultimate insult at her husband with these lines: “What beast was't then/That made you break this enterprise to me? /When you durst do it, then you were a man” (Lines 53-55) When her husband is backing out of murdering Duncan, Lady Macbeth uses insults and questions his manhood until he feels forced to commit the murder. Lady Macbeth was strong-willed and tough, using her skills to convince her husband to do things he would rather not. “This presentation of Lady Macbeth has attracted accusations of misogyny from critics because the women in the play (Lady Macbeth and the witches) are manipulative and evil.” (Jamieson) She then acts like a proud wife and calms her husband down after the deed is done. Similarly, Antonio uses his manipulative ways to persuade Sebastian to kill Alonso in his sleep. “I am more serious than my custom: you/ Must be so too, if heed me; which to do/Trebles thee o'er.” (Tempest, Act 2, Scene1, Line 945) Antonio doesn’t do it himself, but uses keen language to get the job done. Both Antonio and Lady Macbeth are sly characters with very manipulative ways.
In addition, Lady Macbeth and Antonio are also extremely cold-blooded and heartless. Antonio has no regrets when it comes to persuading Sebastian to kill Alonso. “The offence is not of such a bloody nature” (Act3,Scene3,Line1520) Lady Macbeth is introduced in the play as she is plotting Duncan’s murder. “That death and nature do contend...

Find Another Essay On A comparison of Lady Macbeth and Antonio from the Shakespearean plays Macbeth and Tempest

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Essay

1018 words - 4 pages The complexity of Shakespeare's characters is incredibly realistic. While seeming to be one thing on the surface, a closer analysis reveals that the characters can be much more intricate and complicated than they seem. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are good examples. At first glance, they seem to be partners, mirror images of the other, flip sides of the same coin. United in their quest for power, they seem very much the same. However, as more time

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Essay

692 words - 3 pages The story of Macbeth, based on historical facts from Scottish history, is a tale of murder, greed, corruption, violence, and treachery - all the things Shakespeare held near and dear to his heart. Enraged with King Duncan's announcement that his son, Malcolm, would be automatic successor to the thrown, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth begin entertaining murderous thoughts of taking over the Scottish Kingdom. This marked the beginning of their pitiful

Macbeth and lady macbeth

692 words - 3 pages The story of Macbeth, based on historical facts from Scottish history, is a tale of murder, greed, corruption, violence, and treachery - all the things Shakespeare held near and dear to his heart. Enraged with King Duncan's announcement that his son, Malcolm, would be automatic successor to the thrown, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth begin entertaining murderous thoughts of taking over the Scottish Kingdom. This marked the beginning of their pitiful

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

736 words - 3 pages influenced and hurried Macbeth to kill Duncan to have more power, so Macbeth could become king and they could be very wealthy and have a lot of power. At the beginning of the book Macbeth was awarded the position of Thane of Cawdor, but Lady Macbeth wanted more, she wanted to be powerful and rich which is why she and Macbeth decided to kill Duncan at their own house. However it takes much convincing from lady Macbeth for him to join in. "We will

Changes of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

1029 words - 4 pages “My dearest partner of greatness” (I, v, 10) suggests to the reader or audience of the play Macbeth, that these two partners, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, worked together and truly believed in the greatness of their work. This is not so. Said here in a letter from Macbeth to Lady Macbeth telling her that the king is coming soon. There Macbeth truly feels that Lady Macbeth is his partner in all these truly great events. The letter shows us of

A true picture of MacBeth and Lady MacBeth, by Shakespeare

2369 words - 9 pages head severed and put on display for all to see.By the end of the lay Macbeth had become a butcher, killing at will, to suit himself, with no feeling and little compassion for others. From a loyal and brave soldier, he became too suspicious of people and too trustworthy of the witches, he changed to a violent and obsessed man with to great ambitions for his own good.We first see lady Macbeth is act 1 scene 5 as she reads her husbands letter. In

The Relationship Between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

650 words - 3 pages bravery and chivalry as a servant of the king keeps him in check. This ambivalence allows him to be easily manipulated by Lady Macbeth. She is ambitious as well but can't do anything due to the restrictions of their society. Therefore, she uses her sneakiness to persuade Macbeth to murder Duncan. By the end of Act I, Macbeth has undergone a huge change from being a brave and loyal servant of the king to a conniving, power hungry killer. Macbeth eventually decides to kill Duncan because of his ambition, Lady Macbeth's ambition, and her ability to get what she wants.Shakespeare, William. "Macbeth." London: Washington Square Press, 2003.

The Relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

2690 words - 11 pages will be referring to Act 1 Scenes 5 and 7. Act 1 Scene 5 starts with Lady Macbeth reading a letter she has received from Macbeth. Even before she has read the letter the audience will be shocked and surprised, because at the time it was very unusual that Macbeth, the husband, would write to his wife. This shows how much he loves her. When Macbeth writes “my dearest partner of greatness.” He is showing that he respects and loves her. He is also

evilmac Comparing the Evil of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

988 words - 4 pages Comparing the Evil of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth     “At the heart of William Shakespeare's Macbeth is an examination of the nature of evil and it's many faces and facets”(Cathell 119). The principal evil characters in the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, are both evil, but the manifestation of evil is different in each.   Macbeth's evil is a dynamic character trait. He begins the play as a celebrated hero, loyal to his friends and

Essay on the Dynamic Relationship of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

1990 words - 8 pages at the interaction of the couple. The first time in the play where we can make reference about their relationship and their individual personalities in the relationship is in Act 1, Scene 5, where we first meet Lady Macbeth. She is seen alone reading a letter out loud, which Macbeth has written to her. It is telling her of his visit from the witches. The letter told how the weird sisters had come to him and Banquo on their way home after

Androgyny in the Characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

2329 words - 9 pages (Callaghan 62). In both characters, there is a striving to achieve the part of manhood they do not possess. Seen from an early modern perspective, the downfall of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth would be directly attributed to the "woman" in them. Women of the early modern era were more often allowed to give up when forced to deal with adverse consequences of their actions, while men were required to persevere. Having rarely, if ever, had the occasion

Similar Essays

An Analysis Of A Comparison And Contrast On The Characters Ferdinand From Tempest And Lady Macbeth From Macbeth

1068 words - 5 pages snores. I have drugg’d their possets, That death and nature do contend about them, Whether they live or die.” With Ferdinand, he knew he wanted Miranda, so he did a lot of extra work to try to get Prospero to realize that he was a good pick for her, so his intentions were good. They both pushed for what they wanted, and got it in the end. Lady Macbeth and Ferdinand, characters from the plays Macbeth and Tempest, can also be compared for their

A Character Comparison Of Macbeth And Prospero From Shakespeare's Macbeth And The Tempest

899 words - 4 pages These two Shakespearean characters, Macbeth and Prospero, from Macbeth and The Tempest can greatly compare to one another. From the very beginning, these two men are hard to understand and seem like your average warrior and ruler. Both of these characters are dealing with struggle of power; however, they both deal with this issue in different, interesting ways with different results. At the end of these two plays, we meet two entirely different

A Comparison Of Characters In Macbeth And The Tempest

976 words - 4 pages The main characters in a story all have very similar characteristics as the main characters in other stories. The main characters in Macbeth and Tempest are both faced with similar dilemmas that they solve in similar ways, yet each one had their own unique way of going about it. Prospero and Macbeth are both trying to proclaim their power as leader, or king, and they each have to figure out if they should, and how they should solve the problem

The Guilt Of Macbeth And Lady Macbeth

845 words - 3 pages The Guilt of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Guilt is a very strong and uncomfortable feeling that often results from one’s own actions. This strong emotion is one of the theme ideas in William Shakespeare, “Macbeth”. Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth feel guilt, but they react in different ways. Guilt hardens Macbeth, but cause Lady Macbeth to commit suicide. As Macbeth shrives to success guilt overcome’s Macbeth where he can no longer think straight