Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are the chracters that build the plot of “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare. A striking resemblance between the two characters is the evil traits that push them to plot a murder of the current King Duncan. Due to such similarity in traits, it is confusing to determine who exactly to be blamed for committing this murder. Even though both of them had a hand in killing the King, it is apparent that Macbeth should take the massive of the blame.
Macbeth takes the blame because he needed to take power and to be the king. At the beginning of the story, he meets some magician that product to him that one day he will be the king. It is such prophesy that clouds his mind to appoint where Macbeth sees King Duncan as the obstacle of his fortune. As a result, he hated the king, and such hatred grew every day as they were planning to kill the King (Stephenson, Joseph, 431). Lady Macbeth’s role was to push Macbeth and also influence him and give him the courage to go ahead with the plan. However, such influences came because Macbeth had already decided to kill the King. Therefore, Macbeth is to blame for the King’s death.
Both of these characters are evil because together, they planned the death of King Duncan. However, Macbeth exhibit more evil trait than the other character. While Lady Macbeth inpires his husband to the deeds of murder, in the final analysis, Macbeth was to decide on his actions. As Lady Macbeth is guilty of the crime, Macbeth seems not to bother about death. He is driven by power hunger, and what he needs is to be the king at all costs. Macbeth even admits such a dark heart by claiming that let not light see my black and dark desire (Putra, SuatmoPantja, 39). It proves he is eviler than Lady Macbeth.
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Putra, SuatmoPantja. “A study on moral values as reflected by two main characters in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.” EnJourMe (English Journal of Merdeka): Culture, Language, and Teaching of English 4.1 (2019): 37-42.
Stephenson, Joseph F. “Review of Shakespeare’s Macbeth (directed by Robert Hastie for Shakespeare’s Globe) at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 10 January and 12 January (Matinée) 2019.” Shakespeare 15.4 (2019): 431-433.