• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In an essay of about 2 pages, show how the character of Lady Macbeth changes and develops throughout the course of the play.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

In an essay of about 2 pages, show how the character of Lady Macbeth changes and develops throughout the course of the play. ........................................................................................................................................ When we are first introduced to Lady Macbeth in Act I, scene v, she is at once perceived as a rather hard, ambitious individual who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. However, throughout the play her character undergoes many changes and in the end she goes insane, because of her heightened sense of guilt, and kills herself. Lady Macbeth's first 2 soliloquies in Act 1 reveal her character very well. The way she speaks of Macbeth's character makes it quite clear that hers is very different. She does not feel that she has to achieve things respectably or honourably, and is quick to seize opportunities, unlike Macbeth, as is shown by how she immediately connects the prophecies with the king's visiting her castle. '...The raven Himself is hoarse That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan Under my battlements'. (Act I, scene v, lines 36-8) ...read more.

Middle

In this act Lady Macbeth only serves to cover up for her husband when he starts rambling and talking to the ghost. Her domineering character is not needed anymore and her role has dropped from that of the dominant wife, to a smiling one, concealing her husband's evil deeds. Even at this early stage Lady Macbeth shows signs of growing weaker. In the first 2 acts, she was the one in charge, telling her husband what to do and laying all the plans. But now she seems to depend on him more, e.g. Act III, scene ii, line 45 'What's to be done?' Lady Macbeth is actually asking her husband what to do, but Macbeth tells her to 'be innocent of the knowledge'. Macbeth is withholding information from her, and yet she is not upset. It is the beginning of the end for Lady Macbeth. She even regrets what they have done, because of the niggling doubts and insecurities she has about the safety of their position. 'Nought's had, all's spent, Where our desire is got without content 'T is safer to be that which we destroy, Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.' ...read more.

Conclusion

The darkness which she asked for and rejoiced in Act I now worries her, and she must always have light by her. Light is symbolic of goodness, and darkness of evil. She also continually rubs her hands, as if to clean them. This is clarified in her speech- she keeps saying things like 'Out, damned spot! Out I say!' as if speaking to the mark of blood. 'What will these hands never be clean?' She is speaking of when her hands were coated with blood when she had to go back and smear Duncan's on his guards. Then she said 'a little water clears us of this deed' Now she says 'all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.' In act V, scene v the queen dies. Whether she kills herself or dies of natural causes it is unknown. But as the doctor said in Act V, scene i 'Yet I have known those which have walked in their sleep, who have died holily in their beds.' The insane, guilty woman who died at the end of the play was a far cry from the strong, hard, ambitious woman in the beginning. 15-1-2003 EMMA CHONG 10 GREY - 1 - ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. Lady Macbeth's character changes throughout the play

    Lady Macbeth fears that Macbeth will be too soft to be able to kill Duncan. She wants her husband to be less kind. She wants him to be less human to not feel anything as normal humans feel so he can commit the murder he would not be able to commit if he was as kind as he usually is.

  2. Discuss how Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth and how her character develops during the play

    Her determination for his success is expressed with an underlying tone of urgency 'Hie thee hither'. 'What thou wouldst highly,/ That wouldst holily' here Lady Macbeth is concerned that Macbeth will miss out if he acts 'holily'. It is obvious that Lady Macbeth does not think much of this quality as it prevents him from the golden crown.

  1. How Lady Macbeth changes throughout the play

    that he does not want to go ahead with the scheme and says, 'We will speak further,' she ignores him and says 'leave all the rest to me.' In this scene Shakespeare makes it quite clear that she is in control of her husband and the situation and shows more of the strength of her character.

  2. Using Macbeth's soliloquies and speeches, show how the character changes throughout the course of ...

    His character begins to develop in the way he reacts to the witches prophecies. The witches have planted small seeds of ambition in his mind and he lets them fester until he begins to believe them. 'If chance will have me King, why chance my crown me without my stir.'

  1. Macbeth is a complex character who changes dramatically through the course of the play. ...

    When he kills Banquo, he hires two murders. When the deed is about to be done, he hires a third, act 3 scene 3 says "Murder 1: But who bid thee join with us? Murder 3: Macbeth Murder 2: He need not our mistrust," Maybe he was being careful because

  2. macbeth essay

    "When in swinish sleep their drenched natures lies as in a death, what cannot you and I perform upon th'unguarded Duncan? What not put upon his spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt of out great quell?" this is vital information to the story as this is when they plan

  1. Discuss how Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth and how her character develops during the play.

    In Act one Scene five Shakespeare uses the letter and soliloquy to make the scene dramatic for the audience, he does this by starting the scene of with Lady Macbeth reading a letter out loud to the audience and as she finishes reading the letter she suddenly reveals herself to be an evil character.

  2. Study of Lady Macbeth - Changes through the play.

    In Act 3 Scene 2 Lady Macbeth deals with Macbeth's mood of depression. Macbeth believes that they have only "scorched the snake, not killed it". He cannot stop thinking about the murder, but Lady Macbeth urges her husband to put the past behind him.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work