"Lady Macbeth is a sprinter in evil,her husband,slower to get off the mark is the long distance runner."Im finding this essay topic difficult.I would need some help.I have to compare how...

"Lady Macbeth is a sprinter in evil,her husband,slower to get off the mark is the long distance runner."

Im finding this essay topic difficult.I would need some help.I have to compare how quick and slow Lady Macbeth and Macbeth reacts about doing something evil.

From what I understand sprinter in evil mean that Lady Macbeth is very quick in making her evil plans(without considering the conseuences).Unlike her husband,Macbeth is slow in his evil actions and considers the consequences at the begining but this changes once he gets use to the way doing evil actions.

Please give me some points that I can use in my essay.

amy-lepore thanks for your help.This time i wrote the full question so that you could understand what im on about.

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sullymonster eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You're understanding is very good.  Lady Macbeth gets the letter from Macbeth, telling her about the prophesies and about his promotion to Thane of Cawdor.  The messanger tells her that Duncan is coming to visit.  She immediately responds, "The raven is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance o' Duncan under my battlements."  She is already planning his death.  When Macbeth arrives, she immediately broaches the plan and he reacts with caution.  He then argues with himself that he shouldn't kill Duncan, and decides not to.  However, Lady Macbeth quickly (like the sprinter) convinces him to.

Her first moment of reconsideration comes when the death happens.  She says she would have killed Duncan if he didn't look like her father when he slept; she is looking for excuses.  But when Macbeth returns from the murder, upset, and has the knives with him, she is ready to return the knives and does so.

Macbeth shows remorse, but the next morning, as the guards awake, he reacts quickly and kills them.  He says it is out of rage, but the audience knows of his guilt and that he didn't want to give the guards a chance to talk.  Then he begins to move quickly.  He plans the murder of Banquo, convincing the assassins like Lady Macbeth convinced him.  Then Macduff's family, and so on.  He is lasting the long race.

But Lady Macbeth is spent.  She becomes lost in remorse and grief and can not last the whole race.