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Explore the Character of Lady Macbeth and how it changes between her first appearance to her last sane scene.

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Explore the Character of Lady Macbeth and how it changes between her first appearance to her last sane scene. Imagine your partner is doing well in a large company, he or she has just secured a major deal and their boss is very pleased with them and they get promoted, then your partner tells you that some mysterious fortune tellers had foreseen this promotion, and told them that they will become head of this co-operation. You know that if they do aspire to lead the company they will probably have to play foully to get it, but the thought of the pay rise and increase in power helps you to convince them to do whatever it takes to ascend to that position. Only afterwards do you realise how much damage it will do and you are left to live with overwhelming guilt. Living isn't as easy as it was before! Lady Macbeth is faced with a similar situation. Having persuaded Macbeth to kill the king in order to gain power for themselves the aftermath is Lady Macbeths whirlpool of guilt and inner conflict, I'll explore further.... Lady Macbeth's wicked essence is seen in its prime before the murder. ...read more.


This is were we see the first signs of inner conflict within Lady Macbeth. She hasn't quite managed to plunge into unprincipled, unfeeling cruelties and still has feeling, without the alcohol she wouldn't have had the stomach to continue with her dangerous scheme. Further evidence of her uneasiness can be found shortly after her husbands return from King Duncan's chamber. Lady Macbeth tells us 'had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done't.' In some respects this shows her evilness as she was willing to kill the king herself but, it also shows that she still has feelings and is sensitive to the fact that he had shared a likeness to her father - and because of this couldn't go through with the task of killing him. It is here we clearly see that Macbeth's wife does not consist solely of cruelty. Shakespeare reveals a more gentle, kinder side of this previously vicious character. It shows that she is experiencing inner conflict between the side of her that wants the evil to help her achieve the burning ambition which is driving her, and the other half of her that shows more kindness and compassion. ...read more.


As the banquet commences lady Macbeth is just about holding herself together but Macbeth isn't. Having seen the ghost of Banquo, he is in pieces. Lady Macbeth as a final act of saneness and practical thinking makes a good excuse that Macbeth 'is often thus, and hath been from his youth'. This is obviously her front and must have taken her last once of courage to perform. The Lords believe this but when the ghost returns and Macbeths 'fit' returns they seem less willing to abide and accept. It then that she desperately sends them to bed in a hopeless attempt to disguise the suspicious things Macbeth is reeling off. Once they have gone Macbeth asks what the night is, Lady Macbeths reply 'Almost at odds with morning, which is which' suggests that it no longer matters to her whether it is day or night, they seem to blend into one another to Lady Macbeth. It is these signs which lead to Lady Macbeths last few sane words. Lady Macbeth dies after countless nights of restless sleep in which mutters and walks, talking of the murder in her slumber. The crime which so ambitiously plunged straight into ended up driving her to the brink of mortality until Shakespeare wrote her dead. How would you be feeling now if your partner was unfairly at the top of his company all because of you? ...read more.

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