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How does Shakespeare present Lady Macbeth's character and how does it change during the play?

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  • Submitted: 13/01/2005
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GCSE Macbeth

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How does Shakespeare present Lady Macbeth's character and how does it change during the play?

Lady Macbeth's character throughout the play changes very dramatically. At the start of the play she is portrayed as a powerful, manipulative woman who doesn't have second thoughts about plotting to kill the King of Scotland. However after the "dirty deed" is done Lady Macbeth's character seems to disintegrate. She suffers a nervous breakdown and apparently commits suicide. Why does this happen to Lady Macbeth? Is she really the cruel manipulative person that she is portrayed to be or does she have hidden depths to her character?

Many different versions of Lady Macbeth have been made and released, and in every version, Lady Macbeth's character has been portrayed differently. She has been portrayed as devious, wicked, manipulative, and purely evil, with no conscience. Lady Macbeth has also been portrayed as a woman with a "white heart" and very complex feelings.

The initial impression of the Macbeths is that they have a very strong relationship, this relationship is very equally based. The Macbeths also seems to have a lot of love and respect for each other. In the letter Lady Macbeth receives,

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