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Comparing The Effect Of Conscience On Macbeth And Lady Macbeth. Author:Cambridge University Press Series Editor:Rex Gibson

869 words - 4 pages

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are two interesting characters. In this play their conscience plays with them in different parts of the play. In the beginning of the play Macbeth is a man with a clear conscience until his thoughts are gradually corrupted by his wife.When the king enters Macbeth's castle, the day the plan was going to take place Macbeth thinks about the reasons why he shouldn't go on with the plan, he says, "first, as I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed; then, as a host, who against his murderer shut his door, not bear the knife myself ".(Scene 7, Act 1, line 13-16) Number one he says, he is my cousin, he is my king, and I am his kinsman. He has been so ...view middle of the document...

Lady Macbeth fears nothing at this point. She is eager that the deed Macbeth committed is fulfilled. She feels that the blood on Macbeths hand can be cleared by the purity of water.Macbeth gets out of the chamber and goes to Lady Macbeth to tell her that he doesn't want to go on with the plan. When he tells lady Macbeth, lady Macbeth starts telling him stuff like, "what's happened to you, were you in another planet when we discussed this Etc." lady Macbeth keeps telling him and taunting him till she convinces Macbeth to do the act, which is to kill King Duncan. Lady Macbeth goes to make all the preparations when she finishes the preparations she come back and tells Macbeth, "had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done't". (Scene 1, Act 2, Line 12-13) This means that she would have killed King Duncan by now if he hadn't resembled her father when he slept. Over here we see Lady Macbeth getting a little bit of emotional and we can see that she has a conscience whereas earlier in the play she had no conscience at all and was full of confidence.The next appearance of Macbeth's guilty conscience comes...

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