Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

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Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are the main characters of Shakespeare's play "Macbeth". It is customary to refer to these two characters as the symbols of evil and violence, but more profound analysis makes evident that these personalities are too complicated to regard them from a single point of view.


Lady Macbeth is a woman of a strong character, ambitious, imperious, and striving for power. And after her husband started his bloodshed, she is gripped by the sense of guilt and attacks of madness, and she suffers more than her husband does. Her emotional sufferings are so strong that she commits a suicide at the end of the play. Relations between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are determined with love and passion. The crime they committed together unites then and separates them from the other world, and their feelings grow stronger, while the bloodshed goes on.
Lady Macbeth places an important role among noble men, and she wins the same degree of popularity and devotion as her husband. Duncan calls her "our honor'd hostess" (Act I Scene VI page 9). This woman is loving and devoted to her husband, but she is ambitious and striving for power at the same time. She coolly decides that killing Duncan is the simplest and fastest way to obtain power. Lady Macbeth asks evil forces to help her "Of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood, Stop up the access and passage to remorse", (Act I Scene V, page 8) in order to keep to her intention.
The power and strength of Lady Macbeth's character reveal when she desires to get informed about all details of King's murder. ...
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