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Lady Macbeth Character Transformation

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Aisha Momand

on 30 January 2013

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Transcript of Lady Macbeth Character Transformation

Aisha Momand Lady Macbeth's
Transformation Malicious and
Wicked Manipulating and Controlling "When you durst do it, then you were a man" (I.vii.49) Consoling and
Calming You lack the season of all natures, sleep. (III. Iv. 149) Fearful and Anxious "Naught's had, all's spent,/ Where our desire is got without content./ 'Tis safer to be that which we destroy/ Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy" (III.ii.4-7). Remorseful and Unstable "Out, damned spot! Out, I saw! - One; two. Why, / then 'tis time to do't- Hell is murky! Fie, my lord, fie! / Yet who would have thought the old man/ to have had so much blood in him?" (V.i.30-34). "Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty" (I. v. 30-34) Analysis of Quote Lady Macbeth is shown to be malevolent and wicked in the begginning of the play. As soon as she reads Macbeth's letter, and is told by her husband that the three witches have foretold he is to become king, Lady Macbeth becomes fervent, and begins to pray to the 'evil spirits' in order to accomplish the task she has begun to ruminate over– killing King Duncan. When Macbeth begins to hesitate about killing King Duncan, Lady Macbeth is angered and begins to manipulate Macbeth by pointing out that he isn't a man unless he kills Duncan. Therefore, we see that Lady Macbeth has also developed into a manipulative character and is able to coerce and her husband cunningly. Analysis of Quote Remorseless and
Callous "A little water clears us of this deed. / How easy is it then!" (II.ii.67-68). Macbeth is distraught after he has killed Duncan. Lady Macbeth assures him that he has nothing to worry about and is perfectly calm though Macbeth is hysterical. She is shown to feel no remorse or guilt over Duncan's death, and simply grabs Macbeth's hands and cleanses them, showing him how simple it is to cleanse oneself and move on from murdering an innocent being. Analysis of Quote As the play progresses, Lady Macbeth begins to become fearful, morphing slowly into the opposite of what she had been. She gets worried and says the aforementioned quote to Macbeth, fearing that people may find out the manner in which they rose to power. Unlike before where she was calm, she has now become fearful and anxious. Analysis of Quote Previously, Lady Macbeth would always chide Macbeth and be riled when he would act erratic or hysterical. However, Lady Macbeth has now changed somewhat and is less domineering. In fact, at the end of Act 3, scene 4, Lady Macbeth even comforts Macbeth in his erratic state after he has seen Banquo – telling him softly that he should sleep. Analysis of Quote Lady Macbeth has become deranged due to the amount of guilt and remorse she feels over killing Duncan by the end of the play. She is seen sleep-walking, rubbing her hands, and muttering that Duncan's blood will never dissapear from her hands.

At last, Lady Macbeth has transformed from a callous, malicious being to one who feels remorse and guilt. She becomes so guilt-stricken by the end of they play that she commits suicide, and though Duncan's death has brought her end, it has also redeemed her in a way, as she has at last felt morally conscious of her actions. Analysis of Quote
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