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How Does Lady Macbeth Develop Throughout The Play?

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How Does Lady Macbeth Develop Throughout The Play? Lady Macbeth's character changes slowly, but quite clearly throughout the play. Her role in Macbeth changes in many ways. In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth has a very large part. She starts of as a very persuasive, manipulative and domineering kind of person, but starts to lose it all near the end of the play. When she is first introduced into the play she is reading a letter from Macbeth, about the meeting with the three witches and Duncan's forthcoming visit. Lady Macbeth, at the start of the play is Macbeth's "dearest partner of greatness". Lady Macbeth knows that Macbeth is ambitious, but also knows that he lacks ruthlessness. As for Lady Macbeth though, she is full of ruthlessness, which she describes as an illness. This therefore means that she herself will stop at nothing in order to receive power, unlike Macbeth who would happily take any opportunity that came his way, only if it were to be won with honesty. ...read more.


However, Macbeth changes his mind again. He does so because he is very pleased with the recent honours he was given by the King. He says that he wants to use his honours while they are new. She accuses Macbeth of being a coward and with the use of a powerful speech she says that she would go any length in order to get what she wanted. Evil has completely taken over Lady Macbeth at this stage of the play, and she sees an opportunity to make her husband King and does not intend to let this chance slip away. She continuously brings up images of horror in their conversation, and eventually persuades Macbeth again to kill Duncan. He is told that there is no chance of failure if he were to keep his nerve. In the first act, Lady Macbeth shows that Macbeth is a brave warrior, on the battlefield, but is a weak and unsettled person when of the battlefield. In act 2 scene 2, Lady Macbeth reveals that she would not be able to murder Duncan in his sleep because Duncan would remind her of her father. ...read more.


The reader can see that even at the end of Act 3, Lady Macbeth is still dominating Macbeth. However, one can see that it is getting out of hand and that things were not working out like they were supposed to. It is in act 5 scene 1, where Lady Macbeth first starts having nightmares. In this scene, the audience notices that Lady Macbeth is starting to lose it mentally. She continuously has horrific images popping into her mind, the same ones which Macbeth had. Macbeth asks for the doctor to heal her, but is answered by saying that she is incurable. Overall, one can tell that Lady Macbeth had a very strong personality in the first three acts. In those acts she was dominant, persuasive, manipulative and scheming. It is obvious that she was the main reason behind the death of Duncan. However as the play goes on, Lady Macbeth starts feeling guilty and very paranoid. It is very obvious to see that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's roles have switched. Lady Macbeth ended up with all of Macbeth's attributes at the end of the play and vice versa. ...read more.

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