Macbeth, Lady Macbeth’s Character Change Throughout the Play.
Macbeth is a play written by the famous playwright, William Shakespeare in 1606. This play was set in Scotland and features a variety of characters and themes.
Shakespeare’s Macbeth illustrates two ordinary nobles whose lives are linked in a spiral of power and greed. Lady Macbeth’s character changes throughout the play. This essay will show her changes seen during the play. We are introduced to Lady Macbeth when she receives a letter from her husband, Macbeth.The letter includes the meeting with 3 witches when he was on his way back to castle Foress. The witches greet Macbeth by his current title, Thane of Glamis, they then make two prophecies. The first prophecy is that his new title will be the Thane of Cawdor and the second is that he will become king.
Soon after they meet, he is given the new title Thane of Cawdor. Lady Macbeth decides that she will do everything in her power to make him king. Lady Macbeth becomes extremely irrational from the beginning of the play to the end.She pictures herself as a ruthlessness person and believes she can handle the evil that comes along with murder and deception. At the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth is seen as a dominant, controlling, heartless wife with an obsession to become royalty for her and her husband. Although she is supposed to be ruthless, her husband sees her as a good person that knows what is right. Even here we begin to see that Lady Macbeth has a very unstable mind.
She knows that Macbeth is a strong person and she must be stronger to convince him to go along with her. She pretends to be a determined and odd character which distances her and Macbeth from each other. At the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth believes Macbeth doesn’t have the “spirit” to “catch the nearest way”. Lady Macbeth intentionally tries to ignore the consequences of her deeds and instead plots to make sure Macbeth is the future king of Scotland. King Duncan decides to make a surprise appearance at Macbeth house; they then plot to murder him.Lady Macbeth tells her husband to put the plan in motion, this shows her change in technique from being persuasive to being more intimidating and almost blackmailing Macbeth. The drive she had that made Macbeth do what she felt needed to be done is growing weaker.
By the end of the play Lady Macbeth has lost self confidence by realising that most of the situation is her fault because she was so obsessed with power and greed. When Lady Macbeth starts to really feel guilty, everything collapses, including her husband. She then goes completely crazy and starts leepwalking. During her sleepwalking scene she shows remorse for the people she has hurt as she “takes on to her own soul” the blame of all the murders committed, even the ones she had nothing to do with. In conclusion, Lady Macbeth’s character slowly falls apart because of the fact that her strength is a lie, she tries to control her husband and she is involved in supernatural powers. Her want for an intimidating personality ended in her morals being destroyed. She is therefore seen as a fiend and I agree with this finding.