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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 brothers wife and desired his position as king In order to obtain these things he went behind Gertrude his lovers back and murdered her husband Shortly after he married her and took the crown Not only was this extremely deceitful to Gertrude but it hurt Hamlet his nephew extremely Lady Macbeth was indeed as power hungry as Claudius and she too plotted a murder in order for her husband to obtain the crown In doing this she was extremely deceitful of her lover also She employed many conniving tricks in order to convince Macbeth to kill King Duncan such as in scene in Act I scene seven when she says From this time such I account thy love 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
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