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In life everyone has goals that they hope to attain and there are many ways that one can achieve these goals. To achieve what you desire you can either wait for time to take its toll, or take matters into your own hands and do what you have to do in order to fulfill your desires. You can attain your goal as long as you have ambition. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth had the goal of Macbeth becoming king: to obtain this they took matters into hands and killed Duncan. In order for somebody to commit such a heinous act as murder the conspirators must be ruthless, and this is what Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were, ruthless. Lady Macbeth’s is more ruthless than her spouse and her ruthlessness is what fueled Duncan’s murder. However some may claim that this is not so and that Macbeth is more ruthless than his wife.
“Present fears are less than horrible imaginings. My thought, whose murder is yet but fantastical, shakes so that my single state of man that function is smoldered I surmise and nothing is but what is not.” Macbeth as you can see is thinking about the witches’ prophecy of him becoming king. Macbeth knows that Duncan must be killed if he wants to acquire the throne, and the thought of Duncan’s murder is very disturbing to him. Macbeth desires to become king, but his ambition is halted when he thinks of the consequences that follow if he were to get his wish. However when Malcolm is chosen to become Prince of Cumberland Macbeth knew that if he did not take any actions then he wouldn’t be king. The reader can see that the ruthlessness that lied in Macbeth is coming out when he says “The Prince of Cumberland – that is a step On which I must fall down or else o’erleap, For in my way it lies. Despite the fact that Macbeth is a ruthless individual Lady Macbeth makes him look like a saint. After Lady Macbeth reads her husband’s letter she sees an opportunity to become queen that she probably never thought about. Lady Macbeth’s desire for her husband to become king is stronger than Macbeth’s own desire for the throne. After Lady Macbeth learns that Duncan is going to visit Inverness she begins plotting to kill him even though her husband does show hesitation to kill Duncan.
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After the two conspirators murdered Duncan there is only one of them that feels any remorse. Macbeth is the only one that shows any remorse and he is disturbed by the fact that he killed Duncan. “Still it cried ‘Sleep no more!’ to all the house; ‘Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor shall sleep no more, Macbeth shall sleep no more.’” Macbeth knows that his actions were not right and that he’ll lose sleep over Duncan’s murder however his wife does not show the same emotions. “Who was it that thus cried? Why, worthy Thane, you do unbend your noble strength to think so brainsickly of things.” Lady Macbeth does not comfort Macbeth or give reassurance that the actions he took were justified instead she criticizes her husband for being “soft hearted.” Lady Macbeth may not have stabbed Macbeth with the dagger but she might as well because she was the driving force behind Duncan’s fate. “How easy is it then! Your constancy hath left you unattended.” Lady Macbeth in this quote clearly indicates a tone of satisfaction and she is ecstatic about the murder. Any sane person would not act in such a manner that she displays. Clearly one can see that Lady Macbeth is a ruthless person even more so than her husband.
Everyone has goals that they hope to achieve by the use of one method or another. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s goal is to gain control of the throne through treachery. The couple planned to kill Duncan to achieve their objective. In order to do so they needed to have the quality of being ruthless which they did possess. However their aim would not have been achieved if it were not for the fact that Lady Macbeth is more ruthless than her husband. Macbeth is ruthless but his wife is far more barbarous than he is.