The play, Macbeth, was written in the first few years of the 17th century by William Shakespeare. It is about an ambitious man, namely Macbeth, who with the help of his wife, Lady Macbeth, becomes king of Scotland. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth complete many deceitful and brutal acts throughout this play. While alike in many ways, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth also possess many opposing traits, all of which help them to achieve what they want.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth carry many of the same character traits, all of them contributing in part to Macbeth's downfall. To begin, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both seem to be superstitious, which sets this play in motion. When Macbeth meets up with the witches and learns of his future, he sends a letter to Lady Macbeth, and she believes it and immediately comes up with a plan to make it happen. Lady Macbeth tells her husband, "Leave all the rest to me." After becoming king, Macbeth begins to rely heavily on the prophecies of the witches and lives his life according to their visions. Secondly, Macbeth and his wife both seem to have a strong ambition. Macbeth wants to be king and Lady Macbeth also wants him to be. Without this strong attribute, it would not be possible for Macbeth to become king. After learning of the prophecies, Macbeth and his wife make them come true. They do not sit around and wait for good fortune to come to them; they make it happen. Lastly, the Macbeths both retain horrible brutality. One would have to be an extremely mean and hard-hearted person to commit the acts of violence carried out in this play. For instance, Lady Macbeth plots the murder of Duncan and also contrives to set up Duncan's guards to take the fall. Beginning with chopping of Macdonwald's head in the opening war, to the slaughter of Macduff's family, Macbeth also demonstrates many instances of brutality. Macbeth orders, "Seize upon Fife: give to th" edge o" th" sword his wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls.