Hamlet and MacbethHow are Lady Macbeth and Gertrude from Hamlet alike and how are they different? I have to do a Socratic circle tomorrow and I need help answering this question and making up...

Hamlet and Macbeth

How are Lady Macbeth and Gertrude from Hamlet alike and how are they different?

I have to do a Socratic circle tomorrow and I need help answering this question and making up 5 more about Hamlet and Macbeth. Please help me, thank you.

 

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susan3smith | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Lady Macbeth and Gertrude are both king's wives.  In some way, each contributes to making their husband's kings.  Lady Macbeth convinces her husband to kill Duncan, so that he would be king.  Gertrude marries Claudius, ensuring his position on the throne. 

Each is the wife of a dishonorable man and king, and as such, each is trapped by her position.  Lady Macbeth creates a monster in Macbeth, and his ambition leads to the eventual break-up of their marriage and her suicide.  Gertrude, though much more passive than Lady Macbeth, seems to be torn between her love of her son and her love of Claudius, and after realizing what a monster she married, has little will or ability to make any changes.  She also dies as a result of her husband's evil deeds. 

Yet, each is culpbable for her own fate. Lady Macbeth pushed Macbeth into his first murder, failing to see that one would lead to many more.  Gertrude serves as Claudius' enabler, helping him to spy on Hamlet, agreeing to plans to send Hamlet overseas, and agreeing to marry Claudius in the first place instead of campaigning for her son to be king.  Neither Claudius nor Macbeth seems to be moved by his wife's death.  Claudius does little to prevent Gertrude from drinking from the poisoned cup while Macbeth numbly responds to news of his wife's death.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think Lady Macbeth and Gertrude are very different.  Lady Macbeth is really decisive and aggressive.  She is capable of manipulating her husband and really being very pushy in getting him to do stuff.  Gertrude seems much weaker.  She seems to let men push her around.  She seems very much like the passive partner in her marriage with Claudius and even in her relationship with her son.

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thank you so much. That helped and i finished it.

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