Writing about Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

Macbeth is first and foremost a warrior - courage is his defining quality
'For brave Macbeth - he deserves that name' (I.2.16). The captain describes Macbeth's bravery in battle
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He is not essentially a brutal character. In fact Lady Macbeth worries that her husband may be too kind to kill the king
'Yet I do fear they nature;/ It is too full o'the milk of human-kindness/ to catch the nearest way' (I.5.14-6). Mildness and pure white colour of milk suggests Macbeth has these attributes too.
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Banquo observes that the witches' prophesies have come true, but he fears his friend has accelerated events with dishonesty
'Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all/As the weird women promised and, I fear/ Thou play'dst most foully for't' (III.1.1-3)
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Finally Macbeth is thought of as a mass murderer
'this dead butcher' (V.6.108). Malcolm doesn't even use his name
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Duncan trusts Lady Macbeth as the gracious wife of one his most important lords
'our honered hostess' and 'fair and noble hostess' (I.6)
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Macbeth has affection for his wife, and trusts her ti help hi with his plans
'my dearest partner of greatness' (I.5.9). He sees her as an equal
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Macbeth compliments his wife by saying her strength makes her like a man
'Bring forth men-children only!/For thy undaunted mettle should compose/Nothing but males' (1.7.72-4). There is nothing 'soft' or feminine about her.
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Malcom's final judgement is that Lady Macbeth was like a devil
'fiend-like queen' (V.6.108). This associates her with hell
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Card 2

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'Yet I do fear they nature;/ It is too full o'the milk of human-kindness/ to catch the nearest way' (I.5.14-6). Mildness and pure white colour of milk suggests Macbeth has these attributes too.

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He is not essentially a brutal character. In fact Lady Macbeth worries that her husband may be too kind to kill the king

Card 3

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'Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all/As the weird women promised and, I fear/ Thou play'dst most foully for't' (III.1.1-3)

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Card 4

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'this dead butcher' (V.6.108). Malcolm doesn't even use his name

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Card 5

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'our honered hostess' and 'fair and noble hostess' (I.6)

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