Shakespeare wrote Macbeth in the 17th century. As an audience, you experience a lot of drama in the play. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are major characters in the play that different in many ways, both also have similar ways. Macbeth’s character starts out as a brave and ambitious man. His wife, Lady Macbeth is portrayed as a wicked person who feels no guilt. As the play progresses they both begin to change places dramatically.
One of the first differences in Macbeth and his wife is their reaction to the witches’ prophecies. Three witches were introduced in Act I that told of three prophecies, which two of them were for Macbeth. The witches predicted Macbeth would become thane of Cawdor and later become king. At first, Macbeth was confused and reluctant to believe the witches. Although he was hesitant, he was still interested in their predictions and wanted to hear more especially after their first ...view middle of the document...
Another difference in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth was how they felt about their plan to murder the king. Even though Macbeth was determined to become King, he hesitated in following through with the murder and was not comfortable with their plan. Macbeth clearly says "I Am Thane of Cawdor: If good, why do I yield to that whose Horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs, against the use of nature?" This shows the remorse that Macbeth is feeling and his unwillingness to follow through with the plan. On the other hand, Lady Macbeth was determined and did not hesitate on following through with the murder. Lady Macbeth was so power hungry that she persuaded her husband into killing the king. Lady Macbeth was very calm about the murder compared to her husband.
A third difference in Macbeth and his wife were their actions and emotions after the murder. Macbeth is anxious and nervous. He is overcome with guilt and cannot believe he committed such a crime. Macbeth states that he is not sure if he can ever wash away his guilt by saying, “Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red.” Lady Macbeth remains very calm and more determined that her husband becomes King. Eventually, roles reverse when Macbeth begins plotting the next murder to cover his tracks and make sure he was King. Becoming King gave him a sense of confidence and arrogance. He was determined to protect his crown. Lady Macbeth becomes the skeptical one and is overcome with guilt.
Although Macbeth and Lady Macbeth had many differences in the play, their similarities of ambition, strength and insanity surfaced at different parts throughout the story. Their motivation in the beginning was greed. Because of their desire for royalty and greatness they were determined to have their way. Lady Macbeth’s character was the stronger one in the beginning determined for her husband’s success. By the end, Macbeth became stronger and more determined character as Lady Macbeth’s conscious got the best of her.