Compare and contrast Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
At the start of the play, and through the murder of King Duncan, Lady Macbeth is the one who sees violence as the answer and it is she who comes up with the murder scheme, while her husband is racked with guilt and indecision, seeing and hearing things, his mind starting to snap. She mentally bullies him into taking action and after he kills the king and comes unglued ("Macbeth hath murdered sleep!"), she contemptuously...
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In scene 1 of act 3, Macbeth hires two men to kill both Banquo and his son, Fleance. Macbeth selected these two men seemingly because they are unhappy with and angry about their position in life. He is able to use their discontent to his advantage saying,
"this I made good to you
In our last conference, pass'd in probation with you
How you were borne in hand, how cross'd, the instruments,
Who wrought with them, and all things else that might
To half a soul and to a notion craz'd
Say, 'Thus did Banquo.'"
Basically, Macbeth is convincing the murderers that their terrible lives are Banquo's fault and thus, Banquo deserves to be killed. Macbeth successfully manipulates these men, who agree that Banquo is their enemy and it is their job to murder him.