The Transformation Of Lady Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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In the play Macbeth, written by Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth changes her mindset as well as her attitude compared to her first appearance in the play with her last appearance. Lady Macbeth’s husband is Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, who becomes Thane of Cawdor, and then King of Scotland later in the play with the help of his wife. Lady Macbeth has a dark side to her, and she does whatever it takes to make Macbeth king, so she plans the death of the previous king (Duncan). As the play continues, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s relationship changes and their roles switch. In the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth is manipulative, bold, and ruthless. By the end of the play, she becomes remorseful, fearful, and weak. To sum up, Lady Macbeth 's character …show more content…
Lady Macbeth display’s her bold personality when she asks the spirits to “unsex me here/And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full /Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood./ Stop up the access and passage to remorse/… Come to my woman’s breasts/And take my milk for gall, you murd 'ring ministers” (I.v.41-49). Lady Macbeth is not only giving up her body, but her feminine qualities to make her husband king, which shows that she is the real steel behind Macbeth. Besides, the strength she establishes here it allows her husband to move forward, because in the death of Duncan she is the only one who thought of the plan, and helped execute the plan. Another example of Lady Macbeth’s boldness is when Macbeth refuses to put back the sword because he’s feeling scared, hence she responds by saying " Infirm of purpose!/ Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead/ Are but as pictures"(II.ii.51-53). Lady Macbeth shows her fearless side because she displays the courage to look past the horrific sight and intelligence since she made the plan. Furthermore, women at this time followed the stereotypes, men are more courageous and/or determined, but Lady Macbeth defied all men stereotypes, which makes her bold. Other characters do not recognize Lady Macbeth’s bold personality, even though in the beginning of the play …show more content…
Lady Macbeth was a ruthless person, and no one expected it because in the play they don’t associate women with evil characteristics, she demonstrates this when she continuously insults her husband. For example, when Macbeth changes his mind about killing Duncan, Lady Macbeth scolds him by insulting his masculinity and persuades him by saying that he owes it to her to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth would go to lengths just to become royalty, even if her husband’s dignity is on the line because she persuades him to kill by challenging his manhood, which is ultimately destroying his dignity. With this in mind, usually in relationships the partner supports one another no matter what and, in this case, Lady Macbeth is power hungry, so to achieve her power she is ruthless towards Macbeth. In addition, Lady Macbeth shows her ruthless personality, when she says “I would…Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums/ and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you/ Have done to this” (I.vii.56-59). To clarify, Lady Macbeth would deliberately kill her own child, which is cold considering mothers have a strong and intimate bond with their child, but Lady Macbeth has no emotion regarding her own blood. Lady Macbeth is a ruthless person since she doesn’t show affection towards her husband or babies, however towards the end of the play there is a shift

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