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“The tragedy of MacBeth” is a story of courage and honor. It gives an interesting mix of love, Machiavellianism, and has a good storyline. MacBeth is a loyal subject to his king, Duncan, but goes terribly wrong when he listens to 3 witches that tell him he will rule someday. MacBeth wishes to get to power quickly with the help of his wife, Lady MacBeth, he kills Duncan, and everyone else in his way. He takes his throne but is soon overturned by his former subordinates.
In MacBeth, Shakespeare creates characters who parallel other characters either through their words and actions, or through similarities in characters lives. Each character in the story has a double, through either their similarities, or through their differences. Each character also has something about them that makes them unique.
MacBeth and Lady MacBeth are the epitome of an interesting parallelization. At the beginning of the story, the two characters are complete opposites. MacBeth takes the feminine role, while Lady MacBeth is masculine:
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood,
Stop up th’ access and passage to remorse
That no compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between
Th’ affectand it! Come to my woman’s breasts,
And take my milk for gall, you murd’ring minis-
Wherever in your sightless substances
You wait on nature’s mischief! Come thick night,
And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,
That my keen knife not see the wound it makes,
Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark,
Lady MacBeth basically states here that she wants the gods to make her a man. She wants to kill Duncan herself. On the other hand when MacBeth hears of Lady MacBeths seriousness in her actions he comes back with:
“We will proceed no further in this business:
He hath honored me as of late, and I have bought
Golden opinions from all sorts of people,
Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,
Nearing the end of the story, Lady MacBeth and MacBeth switch roles. Lady MacBeth becomes feminine and MacBeth becomes masculine. Lady MacBeth becomes week and pitiful while MacBeth, carry’s out his plans to help him remain king:
“Out damned spot! Out I say! One: two:
why, then ‘tis time to do ‘t. Hell is murky. Fie, my
lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard? What need we fear
who knows it, when none can call our pow’r to
accompt? Ye...

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