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Role Reversal Essay

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In the play "Macbeth" written by William Shakespeare several evidences of role reversal between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. In the beginning, Lady Macbeth is the driving force of Macbeth's ambition as well as his path to cruelty. Later in the play, Lady Macbeth can not handle the murders and tyranny and her character starts to break down, while Macbeth further deteriorates while providing the energy for his own unchecked ambition. Finally, near the end of the play, Lady Macbeth completely loses herself and suicides, while Macbeth is at the apex of his tyranny while sacrificing the last bit of his ability to reason. In short, due to many reasons and events throughout the play, the ...view middle of the document...

In addition, Macbeth is slowly affected by the insidious guilt of killing both Duncan and Banquo, and sees the ghost of his old friend (Banquo) during the feast with other thanes. He is extremely terrified at the sight of the ghost, which no one else can see, and almost leaked out the fact that he was the murderer of two people, "Thou canst not say I did it: never shake thy gory locks at me." As well as, "Blood hath been shed ere now, i' the olden time… And push us from our stools: this is more strange than such a murder is." This is more evident as the play progresses where Macbeth does not even care about the fact that everyone knows he killed Duncan.Finally, at the last stages of the play, Lady Macbeth finally breaks down by overwhelming guilt, which is represented by the stain of blood that can not be washed off or have its scent covered away, "Here's the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, oh, oh!" She is also...

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