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How Does The Character of Macbeth and The Relationship Of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Change Throughout The Play?

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How Does The Character of Macbeth and The Relationship Of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Change Throughout The Play? Throughout the play the characters and their relationships with others change. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is seen as a valiant soldier who is loyal to King Duncan. Yet, because of the weakness of Macbeth's character, he is corrupted by the witches' predictions and by Lady Macbeth's strong character and ambition. Macbeth's ambition is great but his conscience stops him from committing murder. However, due to Lady Macbeth's persuasive and manipulative ways, she is not only able to convince Macbeth to be a part of the killing but actually make him kill the king. Fear begins to motivate Macbeth after committing the first murder. After the killing of Banquo it can be seen that he is not pure evil and his conscience brings him hallucinations of the ghost of Banquo. ...read more.

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The same can be said for Lady Macbeth which is evident in her soliloquy. Lady Macbeth then receives great news that King Duncan will come to their castle tonight. After the attendant, she leaves plans to have the king killed: "The raven himself is hoarse/that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan..." (Line 36-37). She then calls on evil spirits to help her deadly plans: "Come, you spirits/That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here/ Fill me from the crown to the toe top full/Of direst cruelty..."(Lines 38-41). This implies that she wants rid of her feminine, gentle feelings and those to be replaced with evil intentions. Lady Macbeth treats Macbeth with a lot of prestige calling him Thane of Glamis and Cawdor and bringing up that he will become king. Another example of the love that Macbeth has for Lady Macbeth is illustrated in his reply: "My dearest love..." ...read more.

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After conversing with the Lords he sees the Ghost of Banquo. He immediately panics revealing that fear and insecurity: "Thou canst say I did it; never shake/Thy gory lock at me!"(Line 50). Here we see the calmness of Lady Macbeth as she is quick to lie for Macbeth: "My lord is often thus/And hath been from youth."(Line 53-54). Lady Macbeth again questions Macbeth's manhood but this time, unlike at the start of the play, Macbeth is not going to be emotionally blackmailed. Lady Macbeth criticizes him once again for his public display of fear. She reminds him that this is the retribution for killing Duncan and Banquo. Such is Lady Macbeth's calmness she is again able to help Macbeth regain his composure. As he returns to the table, the Ghost of Banquo returns. Macbeth this time, uses violent language commanding the Ghost away. Lady Macbeth recognises that Macbeth is likely to reveal something and therefore she orders the Lords to leave. Lady Macbeth summarizes that the actions Macbeth has caused: "You have displac'd the mirth, broke the good meeting/With most admir'd disorder."(Line 108-109). ...read more.

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