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How does Shakespeare show the development of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth(TM)s characters in the second half of the play?

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How does Shakespeare show the development of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's characters in the second half of the play? In Shakespeare's play Macbeth, Macbeth's character changes a lot from the beginning of the play till the end. At the end of the play, Macbeth is a totally different person from who he was at the start of the play. Lady Macbeth's character also changes dramatically, but in a different way than Macbeth's. Macbeth's character changes because of a variety of reasons. He is influenced by supernatural forces, emotionally blackmailed by Lady Macbeth, and when he has a crisis of conscience his power-hungry greedy side comes out on top. Lady Macbeth turns from a manipulative blackmailer into a lost soul wrapped in immense guilt. The transformation of powerful noble people into an evil tyrant and a depressed woman who taker her life may be a message from Shakespeare to stay away from witchcraft. ...read more.

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Macbeth speaks very confidently when setting up Macbeth, this shows a change in Macbeth's character. We find out that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are plagued by thoughts of the evil they have committed: "terrible dreams That shake us nightly." Macbeth also uses a metaphor to tell us he is constantly reminded of the evil he has committed: "O, full of scorpions is my mind" He uses this as a metaphor because it means the poison is the thought of the evil he has done and the scorpion repeatedly whips its poisonous tale. When Macbeth sees Banquo's ghost at the table we know he is mentally disturbed and his character has definitely changed. Lady Macbeth still criticises and questions Macbeth's character to get what she likes: "Are you a man?" Macbeth tells us he is stuck in the situation so deeply there is no getting back: "I am in blood Stepped in so far that should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go'er." ...read more.

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This is because she is plagued with the guilt and misfortune that has come after she told her husband to murder Duncan. Macbeth is very cocky and arrogant and full of himself when he says he fears no-one born of a woman. However this is in contrast to the same quality of bravery he showed at the start of the play: "That was not born of a woman? Such a one Am I to fear, or none." Macbeth is brave and courageous from the start of the play till his last fight: "Why should I play the roman fool and die On mine own sword? Whiles I see lives, the gashes Do better upon them." Shakespeare shows the development of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's characters through their change of intention, emotion and expressions. Macbeth turns from good to evil while his wife, who turned him to evil turns from evil into a depressed weak lost soul who ends up taking her own life. 20/02/09 ...read more.

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