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To Be Or Not To Be

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Two women could never be more different, Lady Macbeth and Miranda. However, there are a few of their attributes which are similar. Lady Macbeth is a woman of action, always wanting the best; even for her husband. In the play Macbeth, there is much conflict and death. There are the three witches, who are the catalysts for the fall of Macbeth. They prophesize to him, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis! Thane of Cawdor! Thou shalt be king hereafter!” (Act 1 sc. 3 line 50-54 Macbeth). He kills King Duncan, for his throne; kills Banquo, his children will reign; Macduff’s family, for a warning; and he kills himself. “Banal evil—the most common kind—may arise directly from ...view middle of the document...

The care she has for Ferdinand is vast, never-ending, and even beautiful. Same goes for Lady Macbeth, even though her devotion leads to treachery, she is a woman who would always stick by her husband. Wanting the best for Macbeth, Lady Macbeth convinces her husband to kill the King, Duncan so that he can be the King. “Macbeth's virtue is problematic in that initially he seems courageous when on the attack in battle…excessive vice of boldness, and subsequently he fails to manifest courageous endurance and patience in clinging to the good” (Hibbs). She is not too hard-hearted because she dies literally of guilt.
Second, Lady Macbeth proves to have a weak heart when Miranda has the soft strong-willed heart. “This disease is beyond my practice: yet I have known those which have walked in their sleep who have died holily in their beds” (act 5 sc. 1 lines 67-69 Macbeth). Lady Macbeth was strong enough to help her husband kill a man; however, her little heart couldn’t take the guilt. She isn’t our cold blooded killer that some think her out to be. “"hysteria" as a scientific explanation for possession is not just a twentieth-century phenomenon” (Levin). She spends nights sleep-walking and murmuring strange words of blood stained on her hands. The ultimatum is her death; by guilt. Miranda is also soft-hearted; however, she is strong...

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