I think that (in Lady Macbeth) you focused in on a very key Shakespearean character. Remember Bella said that her paper was designed to see if Shakespeare was a misogynist dependent on how he PORTRAYED his FEMALE characters. The more misogynistic (female hating) a man is, the more that you would expect him to portray women in a negative light.
And Lady Macbeth certainly is a vile manipulative character. So if we were to judge Shakespeare on her character alone we would have to award a point towards his being a misogynist. But we also have Lord Macbeth to consider. (And we have dozens of female characters from his other 37 plays to consider.)
As to your second question of: Who was MORE evil? (Lady or Lord Macbeth) In Dr Stone's ground breaking work, calibrating the degree of "evilness" of different Psychopaths. He says that the psychopathic partner that is the schemer or the manipulator is more evil (level 14) than the one who actually kills the victim. (level 10) For that reason he would judge Lady Mc Beth and Charles Manson to be more evil than Lord Macbeth, or Charlie's accomplices who actually killed Sharon Tate et all. Since we are going to be analyzing multiple characters as to the evilness's of their actions it might be worth while to refresh ourselfs on Dr. Stones research.
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What a great response. I have wrestled with "Bella's dreams" for several months. And haven't fully solved the riddle : 'Are they prophetic,or intuitive or a combination of both. I think that, that is a question that students and teachers shall be wrestling with for years to come. Thank you for sharing with us, Doc