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How has Lady Macbeth Changed?

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Introduction

How has Lady Macbeth Changed? Lady Macbeth is a key character in the play. She is a sturdy, determined woman and a loyal wife to her husband, Macbeth. She is a powerful influence on him and is a key figure in all of his deeds. Although Lady Macbeth is a very obsessive, manipulative woman she does change completely. Lady Macbeth dies a venerable, insane old woman in contrast to her sane, commanding character at the start of the play. In Act 1: Scene 7, we see Lady Macbeth in a very controlled, persuasive role. When Macbeth announces his definite decision, "We will proceed no further in this business:" Lady Macbeth manages to reverse it. She insults him and is furious at his decision. ...read more.

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Also if she is so convinced they will not fail, Macbeth might be encouraged and think twice about his decision. In contrast to Act 1: Scene 7, in Act 5: Scene 1 Lady Macbeth shows sign of insecurity and mental illness. She is unrecognizable from her past appearances in the play. In this scene we see an insight into her mind and discover she is not that authoritative, unwavering woman we thought she was. She enters with a taper, giving signs that she is afraid of the dark. She claims, "Hell is murky!" This shows that she has given up. Hell is a certainty; it is definite in her eyes. Maybe she would have told this to Macbeth. ...read more.

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She is, of course, talking about the murder of King Duncan. In Act 1: Scene 7 Lady Macbeth would not have even thought of speaking these words to anyone other than her husband. In public Lady Macbeth is supposed to "look like th'innocent flower," This is another example of her loss of senses. There is no blood on her hand, but she sees and smells blood on her hands. She can't escape the consequences of this deed and may well have driven her to insanity. From these two scenes Lady Macbeth has done a complete turn-around. When we see Lady Macbeth in Act 5: Scene 1 she is completely different from any other time we have seen her on stage. I think Lady Macbeth is the character that changes the most. She changes from a blood-thirsty witch to an insane, venerable old woman. Shane Lowe 9HY English- Mrs Mather 27/3/03 ...read more.

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