The Dynamic Character Of Lady Macbeth In Shakespeare's Play

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Ambition is a very strong trait to have, whether you use it for good or for evil. Throughout the play of Macbeth, power and ambition are extremely evident. The dark ambition shown in the play can drive some characters to do some hysterical things. Lady Macbeth is quite a dynamic character in the play. In the time of tragedy, an individual’s personality can easily change; this can be extremely dangerous if someone loses their self awareness, as seen by Lady Macbeth’s break down and suicide. Lady Macbeth starts off in the play as a very passionate character. Once she learns about her husbands prophecy, she is filled with the ambition to kill the king. Macbeth is hesitant about killing the king but she won't stop until the deed is done. In the first Act she states, “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. Make thick my blood. Stop up the access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between The effect and it” (I, v, 30-37). This speech she gives is crucial to her character development in the beginning of the play. What she is saying in this speech is that she is tired of her husband being weak and wishes that she could be a man. If she was a man then she would have the courage and power to kill…show more content…
Suddenly she gets a little soft when she sees King Duncan sleeping. She says to her husband, “Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done ’t” (II, ii, 12-13). This is a big change for Lady Macbeth because up to this point, we have only seen her as a heartless woman who will do anything for the thrown. Out of nowhere she is compassionate towards King Duncan stating she could not kill him because he looked too much like her father. She still wants him dead but she knows if she did it she would feel guilty for her
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