Hamlet - Claudius Vs. Lady Macbeth

King Claudius of Hamlet and Lady Macbeth of Macbeth exhibit three similar qualities, dishonesty, evilness, and deceitfulness throughout the play; although sometimes they demonstrate these qualities in different ways, these qualities greatly affect the other characters in the plays .
King Claudius and Lady Macbeth are similar in that they both let their crave of power and desire for the crown drive them to deceitfulness, corruption, and even murder, to obtain it. King Claudius and Lady Macbeth are so greedy for wealth and power that they will let nothing get in their way, even if it means deceiving the ones they love. King Claudius was in love with his brother¹s wife and ...

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to convince Macbeth to kill King Duncan, such as in scene in Act I, scene seven when she says, ³From this time such I account thy love.² Here she is basically saying that Macbeth may prove his undying love for her by killing the king, thus causing him to feel that he is obligated to murder King Duncan. King Claudius and Lady Macbeth are also very good at disguising their deceit. In Hamlet, only Hamlet himself is aware of the true nature of Claudius. All others, including his Wife and subjects, think he is a wonderful and innocent King. Lady Macbeth is the same in that she puts up a wonderful facade for both the public and her husband. Although she is planning a murder Lady Macbeth manages to still act as a smiling, gracious hostess. Lady Macbeth's house guests and King Duncan, whom she intends to kill, even refer to her as their ³honour¹d hostess,² in Act I, scene six. Her husband is also fooled by her charade and is unable to see her evil intent as she cons him into killing the ...

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her husband of his scruples of conscience and gentleness of nature so that he may be able to kill the king. Claudius had another motive behind him killing his brother, he was deeply in love with the Queen, his brother¹s wife. Therefore, he killed not only for the crown itself, but for love too. Another difference in the ways that they exhibited there evil deceitfulness is in the way that they murdered the Kings. King Claudius handled the whole affair by himself and in fact, he actually did the deed. Lady Macbeth was so selfish that she couldn¹t even do it herself in risk of being caught. In order to save her own face she connived her husband into doing the actual murder, when it was ...

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