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How does Shakespeare present the changes in Lady Macbeth(TM)s character during the course of the play?

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How does Shakespeare present the changes in Lady Macbeth's character during the course of the play? The character Lady Macbeth changes by acting dominant at the start of the play and turn week, powerless and paranoid. Elizabeth I was in rein of England of Shakespeare birth in 1564, this may have influenced Shakespeare to create Lady Macbeth in this play as Elizabeth I was a very powerful Queen. Shakespeare wrote Macbeth in 1605, in that day women were believed to be gentle and subservient of their men (housewives). Witches were seen as the worst creatures possible, any person believed to a witch would be put through a series of tortures. Act 1 scene 5 is set in Macbeth's castle. Lady Macbeth reads to herself a letter she has received from Macbeth. The letter mention's Macbeth's promotion from Thane Glamis to Thane of Cawdor and how he meets the witches, he mentions on the letter what the witches addressed him by in this quote "Hail, King that shalt be!" ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth's real personality comes out though when she persuades Macbeth to kill King Duncan, she does this by manipulating him, there are many tactics she uses for example one of them is by flattering him by using the following quote, "What cannot you and I not perform upon the unguarded Duncan?" The effectiveness of this is that she make's him feel more manly and invisible what was a big part of culture in Shakespearean times, but the main tactic she uses is accusing Macbeth of cowardness she uses the quote "And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting I dare not wait upon I would." Lady Macbeth is suggesting that Macbeth won't have any self-respect if he doesn't go though with it, this is questioning his manhood, which is a weak spot what Lady Macbeth picks up during the play, she repeats to question his manhood throughout the play to manipulate him to do what she wants him to do. ...read more.

Conclusion

In act 2 scene 2 Macbeth has returned after the murder. Lady Macbeth says "that which has made them drunk, hath made me bold." She has been drinking, so this could indicate that she is not confident without drink. In act 5 scene 1 we see Lady Macbeth dramatically change into a weak, paranoid, mad, depressed and worried. Lady Macbeth is sleep taking and has violent outburst, describing what dirty deed's that she ahs done "what will these hands ne'er be clean" this indicates that she is still thinking about that has happened and still worried about it, the audiences reaction would have been surprised because Lady Macbeth seemed to be the stronger character, how would have been least likely to tell the secret. This quote is significant because she is hallucinating that she has blood on her hands and turning paranoid, Blood is a common theme in this play and always crops up. Clusters and repeated images are one of the common techniques Shakespeare uses to create more of a effect. ...read more.

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