Similar characteristics of Abigail Williams (The Crucible) and Lady Macbeth (Macbeth)What are some similar characteristics I can write about when comparing Abigail (from The Crucible) to Lady...

Similar characteristics of Abigail Williams (The Crucible) and Lady Macbeth (Macbeth)

What are some similar characteristics I can write about when comparing Abigail (from The Crucible) to Lady Macbeth (from Macbeth) for my comparative essay?

 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Both characters are very intriguing in terms of points of comparison.  I would initially point out that both of them are able to manipulate others' quite well.  Lady Macbeth is able to pinpoint how to get Macbeth to do what she wants him to do in terms of committing murder.  In this light, she is very effective in wrangling his will.  Abigail is also similar in how she is able to convince the people of Salem of the supposed authenticity of her accusations and beliefs.  Along these lines, the reader sees how each of them are able to demonstrate this to the men they supposedly love.  Lady Macbeth is able to convince her husband of what has to be done under the guise of the sanctity of marriage.  Part of what makes her counsel so persuasive is that it is his wife that is giving him this advice.  When we see Abigail with John, we fully understand how persuasive she can be, using any and all possible allure, such as sexual innuendo and need, to ensure that she will not be denied.  I think another point of comparison is that neither stick around to see the full implications of their desires.  Abigail runs away and Lady Macbeth, already withdrawn and haunted by guilt, ends up committing suicide before the end of the play.  In both, we see what they have started or helped to start not necessarily finished by either.

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