The Characters In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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The characters of Shakespeare's thrilling play Macbeth strongly resembles the characters of the story of Ahab found in 1 and 2 Kings. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are similar to Ahab and Jezebel primarily by both men's evil ambitions. In both stories the wives greatly influenced their husbands to do whatever it took to achieve what their selfish hearts wanted, in both stories this would be to commit murder for personal gain. Both stories resulted with consequences for their actions, which for most of these characters was death. In both stories we are introduced to Macbeth and Ahab who originally are portrayed as very noble men. Ahab was the king of Samaria and held a high place of leadership and Macbeth was called a hero. In the very beginning…show more content…
In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth plotted a murder against King Duncan in order to satisfy her husband with the throne that he longed for. Macbeth wanted to be king and the only way for that to happen was to discard King Duncan. Lady Macbeth exclaimed, "thy nature; it is too full o' the milk of human kindness” (Shakespeare, Act 1, Scene 5). She believed Macbeth could not make the proper decisions to receive the crown. At first, Macbeth disagreed with her choices, however after constant temptation, he fell into her ways. In the same way Jezebel encouraged her husband to have Naboth killed after his refusal to sell Ahab his land. In 2 Kings 21: 8-10 Jezebel says, "I'll get you Naboth's vineyard! So she wrote a letter in Ahab's name, saying...accuse him of cursing God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death". Jezebel was so determined to give King Ahab what he wanted that she lied and impersonated him to have Naboth killed. In both stories, these murders were soon fulfilled, and the wives were the ones who encouraged their husbands to chose murder. Though Macbeth and Ahab were responsible for their decisions, their wives continually provoked them. However, Duncan and Naboth were not the only ones who lost their…show more content…
Macbeth and the biblical story of Ahab are similar in the way that two Nobel men, Macbeth and Ahab, allowed their sinful desires of land and power to rapidly lead them to take the life of someone else. Though Macbeth and Ahab were guilty, Lady Macbeth and Jezebel were equally responsible for the deaths of innocent people. They tempted their husbands to commit murder when they believed that was the only thing that would fulfill their husbands desires. Unfortunately, we saw that the result of both of these stories ended with terrible consequences. For most of the characters in these stories the result was their own lives. But Ahab, humbled himself before the Lord and repented for what he had done and received grace that saved his

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