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Lady Macbeth - Character Change

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Macbeth Throughout the entire play Lady Macbeth goes from being a very powerful woman and having an authoritative roll in the play to not being in complete control of what she is doing after the murder of King Duncan, there is a bizarre twist in her character and she becomes very deceiving. At the beginning of Act I Scene 5 Lady Macbeth is reading a letter that her husband Macbeth has written her, it tells her that on the day of victory in the battle he met three sisters and they predicted three things that would happen to him in the future. Lady Macbeth feels that the sisters cannot be normal people, she believes that they may be 'witches'. She believes that the three prophecies will only come true if Macbeth does things so that they happen, one of the predictions tells that Macbeth will become King, due to what she believes Lady Macbeth soliloquises that Macbeth must actually have to kill King Duncan before he can take over his place in the throne and become King. During Lady Macbeths soliloquy she uses religious references 'pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell'. She believes that Macbeth is too kind to commit the crime and she fears that if he did kill the King he would feel guilt and he would pity Duncan, this may lead to being caught. ...read more.


The way that Lady Macbeth says that her baby would be smiling as she dashes its brains out is a very shocking tactic which occurs many times in this scene. In the last part of the scene Lady Macbeth shares her whole plan, this is one last attempt to get Macbeth to agree to do it. She tells him exactly what both of them would be doing, when and where they would be doing it during the murder. She persuades Macbeth by intimidating him and using emotional blackmail. The powerful role seems to be Macbeths in this part of the scene and Lady Macbeth hardly talks but only to reassure and persuade. At the beginning of Act 2 Scene 2 Lady Macbeth's actions and behaviour are changing, she used to be powerful and controlling. 'That which hath made them drunk, hath made me bold', this shows that she is no longer powerful, also it shows that Lady Macbeth is only bold because she has been drinking alcohol. Also Lady Macbeth contradicts herself and her actions because one minute she is calling herself brave and bold and the next minute she is scared of an owl: '[owl shrieks] Hark Peace!' ...read more.


I tell you yet again, Banquo's buried; he cannot come out on's grave.' So not only is she thinking about the murder she planned of Duncan but she is also feeling the guilt of the murder of Banquo. The last words of Lady Macbeth in this scene are, 'what's done cannot be undone. To bed, to bed, to bed'. This may be her saying she has had enough and her repeating the words means there is a deeper meaning to them, as if she wants to go to bed forever. Also her repeating the words is emphasising them and wanting people to think about what she is saying and she wants them to understand what she is going through. She is very unstable and seems to have no power over her actions therefore Macbeth is left to handle things by himself as Lady Macbeths mental state begins to deteriorate slowly as the scenes progress. Throughout the entire play Lady Macbeth is losing her power and I think this has a great impact on her behaviour, she begins to feel the guilt and she feels she is being separated from her husband. This makes her more scared about the happenings in the future and I think she no longer cope by herself. ?? ?? ?? ?? Katy Hart ...read more.

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