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DescriptionHow Lady Macbeth's attitude and personality develops and changes throughout the play
The changes in Lady Macbeth
Throughout the story of Macbeth we are constantly aware that Lady Macbeth was the influence for all of Macbeth’s wrong doings. The audience at the time of Shakespeare would have been shocked at her strong, dominant behaviour when women at the time were regarded as subordinate. Macbeth usually has the final say in the killings but Lady Macbeth was always the villainous tyrant next to him, mocking him when he distresses at the plan which she has laid out for him. Repeatedly telling him, he would be less of a man if he did not do so.
(Act 1; Scene 7; Lines 55-57)
When you durst do it, then you were a man; And, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man.
In these lines she is saying that when Macbeth dared to carry out this deed he was a man and in order for him to do it he would be so much more a man. She empowers Macbeth to kill Duncan and single handily forces him to commit the deed himself.
(Act 1; Scene 7; Lines 77-80)
What cannot you and I perform upon th’ unguarded Duncan? What not put upon his spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt of our great quell.
In these lines she is assuring Macbeth that there is nothing they cannot do together to Duncan while he is unguarded in his sleep. She assures Macbeth that Duncan’s guards, similar to sponges, will take the blame of their great slaughter. She is so sure to kill Duncan as quickly as possible she lays out the daggers for Macbeth in advance
(Act 2; Scene 2; Lines 11-13)
I laid their daggers ready; He could not miss them. – Had he not resembled my father as he slept I had done‘t.
At this point Lady Macbeth has already started to dig deeper inside her, as at this point she is talking to herself. She slightly frets about Macbeth not being able to find the daggers but reminds herself that she could not have carried out the deed because Duncan looked like her father. She is firstly getting annoyed at Macbeth and shows how angry she would be if the deed had not been carried out but she then secondly uses an excuse of why she could not kill him. At this point in the play this is the perfect example of her character developing, she will happily pressurize Macbeth into killing people but she does not have the guts to carry out the dreadful deeds herself. Lady Macbeth demonstrates another villainous characteristic, other than self-gain, the fear of getting caught when she accidently gives herself away in her sleep in Act 5; ...
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