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The Changes in the Character of Lady Macbeth

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The Changes in the Character of Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth is a curious character; she appears to have two very different sides to her personality, one a cold, unfeeling woman who only feels the need to look after herself. The other side is a more human and sensitive person. The more vulnerable side to her only starts to show later in the play, the stronger aspect of her is seen at the beginning of the play and diminishes towards the end. At the start of the play, we only really see the strong, determined side of Lady Macbeth. When she receives the letter from Macbeth telling her of the witches' suggestion, she is delighted and she instantly thinks of murdering the king so that Macbeth would take the throne. She is eager for Macbeth to be keen, but she can see, as she is a clever woman that he will not have the nerve to do it himself without much encouragement. Lady Macbeth: Yet do I fear thy nature, It is too full o' th' milk of humane kindness, To catch the nearest way. She also says: Thou wouldst be great, Art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it. By this, she means that her husband could be king and aspires to be but he does not have the evil in him to get the throne by murdering Duncan. ...read more.


He thinks that 'He's here in double trust; First, as I am his kinsman, and his subject, Strong both against the deed: then, as his host, Who should against his murtherer shut the door' which he says in one of his soliloquies. These are all very good arguments from Macbeth as to why he shouldn't kill Duncan; Lady Macbeth will have to be convincing and enthusiastic in her contention to be able to persuade him to change his mind about this. She is a very ambitious woman and she is also a very clever woman and so is able to use her convincing language and ambitious personality to persuade Macbeth to carry out the murder. She tells him that she would take a child who was feeding from her breast and dash its brains out if she had gone back on something that she had sworn to Macbeth has. 'The babe that milks me/I would/Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn As you have done to this'. This is very emotive and I find it incomprehensible that she would actually do this. This shows also that she is a cold, un-motherly person who cares more about her own success than the feelings and welfare of others. Lady Macbeth is also very confident, when Macbeth's assertion diminishes and he asks: 'If we should fail?' ...read more.


Another sign that they are both uneasy is the discussion that follows with very short lines in question and reply. Nevertheless, Lady Macbeth manages this time to oppress these feelings of guilt and anxiety. When Macbeth is telling her about his own shame, she tells him to try and forget about it and that he should go and put the daggers back in Duncan's room, to clean the blood off his hands and to hide the evidence. Macbeth tells her : 'Glamis hath murther'd Sleep, and therefore Cawdor Shall sleep no more: Macbeth shall sleep no more.' By this, he means that now he has killed a man in his sleep, he will no longer be able to sleep at night because he will feel so guilty and possibly scared that someone will come and kill him in the night too, as revenge for him murdering Duncan. Lady Macbeth tries to prevent these thoughts of Macbeths. She says: 'You do unbend you noble strength, to think So brain sickly of things: go get some water, And wash this filthy witness from your hand. Why did you bring these daggers from the place? They must lie there. This shows that she is still organising the whole affair and that she is still as cold hearted as ever which is why she tells Macbeth not to think about it, she believes that this should be simple for him as she finds it so easy. When Macbeth tells her that ...read more.

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