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How Does Shakespeare Present The Way Lady Macbeth Changes Throughout The Play

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How Does Shakespeare Present The Way Lady Macbeth Changes Throughout The Play? After reading the letter, Lady Macbeth feels delighted that her husband (Macbeth) could be the King of Scotland. Lady Macbeth is thrilled by the prospect of becoming the Queen of Scotland. She reckons that Macbeth is too scared to carry out a plan to become the king and that he is also too kind to King Duncan as shown in Act 1 Scene 5 Line 16: (It is too full o' the milk of human kindness), this is from a soliloquy that Lady Macbeth gives out in Act 1 Scene 5 line 1-29. As a result Lady Macbeth decides to persuade him forcibly to murder Duncan, so she can achieve her goal, and that is to ascend to the throne and become the Queen of Scotland. She begs the devil to "unsex" her because she wants to be evil and strong enough to murder. Lady Macbeth's immediate thoughts may make her appear as thoroughly determined, cold and ambitious, but this is not so. To prepare for what she feels must be done she calls on evil spirits to "stop up th' access and passage to remorse" in order to be relentless, otherwise her conscience would not allow her to act. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth is in control of Macbeth because she helps him to not have the vision of the ghost of Banquo. Lady Macbeth turns on her husband again and chastises him for spoiling the party. She says to her friends and his family that he will be well soon in a moment of time, "Sit, worthy friends: my lord is often thus, and hath been from his youth: pray you keep seat; the fit is momentary; upon a thought. He will again be well. If much you note him, you shall offend him and extend his passion: feed and regard him not." Shakespeare has let the audience know how Lady Macbeth has been behaving and the effect of her behaviour, when she is sleep-walking is when the doctor and the gentlewoman were having a conversation about her. Shakespeare plays about with dramatic devices in Act 5. Lady Macbeth then enters the scene in a staggering tiring state, unable to see the others even though her eyes are open. Lady Macbeth pauses and rubs her hands, as if washing them. When she can't get her hand-clean, she screams, "Out, damned spot". ...read more.


Lady Macbeth was all bad throughout the scene because she is responsible for the evil doings of Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is responsible for this by using his love for her to persuade him into killing King Duncan. Because Macbeth loved and trusted his wife, he was vulnerable to her opinions and suggestions. We also know that she is responsible for these heartless things because she has so much guilt that she commits suicide. Macbeth would never have done any of those horrible things if it were not for the murder of King Duncan, which was forced on by Lady Macbeth. Macbeth would not kill Duncan without her input. She is much stronger, more ambitious and more ruthless than her husband throughout the play. Lady Macbeth is the one that convinces Macbeth that he must commit the murders so that he can become more powerful. We also see a more difficult side to her personality. We see many examples of Lady Macbeth being much stronger and more determined to achieve her ambition of becoming powerful and important than Macbeth. She had no redeeming point throughout the scenes. Shakespeare seems to use her, to undercut Macbeth's idea that "undaunted mettle should compose nothing but males". This is how Shakespeare present the way Lady Macbeth behaves throughout the play of Macbeth. ...read more.

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