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The Changing Character Of Lady Macbeth

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Macbeth Coursework In this essay I will be commenting on the changing character of Lady Macbeth, during the play Macbeth. I will be comparing Shakespeare’s portrayal of lady Macbeth in two different scenes of the play. When Lady Macbeth is first introduced in the play she is already plotting King Duncan’s murder. This shows that she wants Macbeth to be king more than he actually does. Macbeth is reluctant to follow her plan as Duncan has spoken very highly of Macbeth and given him the title of thane of Cawdor. Lady Macbeth doesn’t care about Macbeths feelings about King Duncan and still pursues on persuading him to kill him. This gives you the impression that she is selfish and only wants him to become king for her own ...view middle of the document...

” He is telling Lady Macbeth that he has the courage to kill a man but he isn’t going to kill the king because of the consequences. Macbeth says he can’t go on with the plan to kill him. Lady Macbeth is very ruthless and doesn’t take is no as an answer. In reply she calls him a coward. “Live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting I dare not wait upon I would, like the poor cat I’ th’ adage?” Macbeth then tells Lady Macbeth to stop and a real man would not do this. Lady Macbeth then attacks his masculinity. She then tells him that if he killed him he would be much more of a man. She is trying to make him prove to her that he is a real man. He then considers it as a challenge, but is still slightly weary of the consequences. “If we should fail?” Lady Macbeth replies that if he has courage than he wouldn’t fail “We fail? But screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we’ll not fail” Her persuading worked and he finally goes along with the plan to kill the King. “I am settled, and bend up each corporal agent to this terrible feat.” In the scene act 1 scene 7 Lady Macbeth was Ruthless and very persuasive. This Attitude changes in Act 3 scene 4 as she has to cover up for Macbeth. She has to last lying to the guests. She starts Panicking and doesn’t stay cool and calm like she first appeared to be. She start to feel the pressure of the murder, As does Macbeth. I chose to compare act 1 scene 7 with act 3 scene 4 because it shows Lady Macbeth in a different light from what she first seems like. The comparison of Cool and calm to a Panicking Liar.

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