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Who's More Evil?? Essay

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Who's more evil between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?During the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is more evil than her husband convincing him to go through with the murder of the king so he can fulfill the witches' prophecies. As the play continues it seems that Macbeth is more evil because you see Lady Macbeth starting to feel guilty for all these crimes they committed for example her sleepwalking and washing her hands of imaginary blood, where as Macbeth does not seem to care.Lady Macbeth started out as a practical, organized, intelligent but ambitious character in the play 'Macbeth'. She was focused and motivated in setting and reaching goals for herself and her husband. She told her husband not to think about the murders of King Duncan and the two royal guards. She said that thinking served no purpose other than to drive one mad. That sentence was prophetic. By the end of the play, she suffered from so much mental anguish that it incapacitated her. The craziness even led her to take her own life.Macbeth started out as a hardworking, career military officer. He tried to do a good job, and liked the recognition of work well done. He tended to be a good person, but was manipulable and ambitious. At first, Macbeth's good side predominated. But raging, uncontrollable ambition led him more and more to the dark side. Ultimately, he became as focused and maniacal as his wife previously had been. The more heinous and widespread were the crimes that he committed, the more mental he became.Both of them are wrecked shadows of the people they were. Lady Macbeth is eaten away by guilt. She who proclaimed "a little water clears us of this deed" is terrified of the dark, and is haunted in her dreams by the bloody carnage which she has set in motion. She goes completely mad and possibly kills herself. Lady Macbeth's main goal is to win the Crown and be Queen of Scotland. If she helps Macbeth in killing the current King and winning the throne, she will be Queen.Macbeth has been driven to insane paranoia, to blustering one moment and covering the next. His spirit, his joy in living has totally gone, as shown in his terrifying speech "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time."Macbeth is motivated by a number of things throughout the play, and all of them are real. His motivation at every single point after the murder of Duncan is fear, fear that Banquo will betray him, fear that he will be identified as Duncan's murderer, fear that he will lose his place as king, and fear of death. His primary motivation from Act 1 Scene 7 until the murder is to gain the approval of his wife. Although ambition to be king is a factor (we see it in Act 1 Scene 4), Macbeth discounts it in Act 1 Scene 7, and it is quite simply nowhere near as important as a motivation as many people make it out to be.Lady Macbeth is the most evil character in Macbeth Throughout the play the character of Lady Macbeth is...

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