Brutus And Macbeth Comparison Essay

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We hail the likes of Caesar and MacDuff and shame their enemies, Brutus and Macbeth. Yet, there is a inner meaning, one that dwells in the heart and in the mind. Brutus and Macbeth are accomplices to the crime, but they are only accomplices. It is truly Cassius and Lady Macbeth who are to blame for the woes of Caesar and King Duncan. Cassius and Lady Macbeth may not have shed the blood but their hands are permanently stained. Their lust for the allure of power and their corruption of it bonds them but also shows their inherent discrepancies. Although Lady Macbeth and Cassius are both deceitful, Lady Macbeth is a snake that corrupts ambition while Cassius is a knife, stabbing others in the back, but needs a hand to do so. There are many questions that need to be answered while…show more content…
A snake and a sword are both very similar in some aspects while they differ in others. This is very similar to the comparative relationship between Cassius and Lady Macbeth. In arguably one of the most profound scenes in the play, Lady Macbeth renounces all of her “feminine weaknesses” so that she can kill. “Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe topful Of direst cruelty!” (Act 1, Scene v, Lines 48-53) Although this is not necessary for a snake to kill, it sheds its skin, allowing for it to change. One memorable quote even portrays the Macbeth’s as a snake. “Look like the time. Bear welcome in your eye, Your hand, your tongue. Look like th' innocent flower, But be the serpent under ’t.” (Act I, Scene v, Lines 55-58) Parallels from the bible parable, the story of Adam and Eve, can be drawn from this comparison as Macbeth is swayed by Lady Macbeth as Eve was tempted by the serpent. As the serpent is cursed to lose its major appendages, its legs, Lady Macbeth is driven to madness for her sins and supposedly takes her own life. “Of this dead butcher and his fiendlike

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