How do Lady Macbeth's actions compare to those of the witches in Macbeth?

Lady Macbeth's actions are comparable to the efforts of Witches in that they negatively impact Macbeth's life, create destruction and death, and are nefarious in nature. Lady Macbeth and witches successfully manipulate Macbeth, contribute to the chaotic environment of Scotland, and influence the trajectory of Macbeth's life.

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Lady Macbeth's actions compare to those of the witches in that they heavily influence Macbeth's decisions, are considered diabolical, and contribute to Macbeth's demise. Lady Macbeth is depicted as an ambitious, selfish woman who is primarily concerned with becoming queen and willing to manipulate her husband to commit regicide. She calls upon evil spirits to consume her soul and carefully plots King Duncan's murder. Lady Macbeth's actions influence Macbeth to dismiss his concerns and follow through with the assassination. Similarly, the witches are also portrayed as malevolent forces of evil determined to manipulate and mislead Macbeth. When the witches meet Macbeth and Banquo on the heath, they proceed to give them seemingly favorable prophecies which incite Macbeth's ambition. Later in the play, the witches purposely mislead Macbeth into becoming overconfident, which contributes to his demise.

Despite their many similarities, the witches function in the supernatural realm and do not play a...

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