What are the main differences between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?
Ambition is certainly the main similarity between Macbeth and his wife, but that seems to be the only thread that keeps them together.
Macbeth, like Hamlet, is a man of contemplation and reaction. Once he learns of the witches prophecy, he does not immediately believe that he must act in order to see it come true. Lady Macbeth, unlike Macbeth, is a very proactive and scheming character who instantly comes to the conclusion that King Duncan must be killed in order to see Macbeth take the throne. Lady Macbeth is also very manipulative and far more intelligent than her husband. She is not so superstitious and works to achieve her dreams rather than leave them up to the whims of Fate.
Once Duncan has been killed, however, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth begin to swap places with the other. In planning Banquo 's murder, Macbeth has become the manipulative, cold-hearted killer that his wife was in the beginning. Loosing herself in her guilt, Lady Macbeth becomes the quivering, introverted and helpless...
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