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Lady Macbeth.

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Lady Macbeth. At the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth is strong, incisive, completely in control, 'To alter favour is to fear, leave all the rest to me.' At this point Lady Macbeth is the stronger of her and Macbeth. While he is stricken with guilt, she is in control and ready to do what she has to in order to ensure the fate she wants for herself. She has a masterful scheme and enough power over Macbeth to do this. At the end of the play she is so broken mentally that she kills herself, `Will these hands ne'er be clean?' After Duncan's death she loses her determined nature as her guilty conscience comes into play. It begins to overpower her until she is reduced to mere 'shadow' of her former self. She can't even escape it in her sleep and constantly washes her hands in the hope that she can wash away her guilt and Duncan's blood which she still sees on her palms. ...read more.


This shows us how power-hungry she is. It also reveals to us the lengths that she will go to achieve her obsession. When her husband shows signs of weakness and wants to back out of her plan she goads him until he changes his mind, 'I have given suck, and know how tender `tis to love to the babe that milks me, I would while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from boneless gums, and dashed the brains out, had I sworn so as you had done to this.' Here she uses her clever powers of persuasion in a way that Macbeth can't really argue with. She uses their relationship and undying love and devotion to pressurise and motivate Macbeth into killing Duncan. This expands on my previous analysis because it demonstrates how she achieves her goal, by using her intelligence and cunning in a composition that in theory is fool proof. ...read more.


Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck til though applaud the deed.' Before Lady Macbeth told Macbeth to leave things to her but now Macbeth is telling her not to worry about things, that she doesn't need to know about it because he will deal with things. Character wise, there has been a complete reversal between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth and now with the use of chuck, he is almost patronising her. There has been a change of roles in their relationship and now he is the more decisive of the couple. Before the murder of Banquo she recognised that they have not gained happiness, 'Nought's had, all spent, where our desire is not go without content (Act 3, Scene 2). At this point she recognises that although they have gained the crown they have lost everything else, therefore suggesting that she now thinks what they had before was better than being king and queen of Scotland This evidence that she had lost her hunger and desire for power, which she once had. ...read more.

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