Lady Macbeth

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Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth is the most interesting and complex character in the play. She is, in fact, the point on which the action pivots: without her there is no play.

Macbeth 's most interesting and complex character is most certainly, as the question states, Lady Macbeth. The purpose of this essay is to describe Lady Macbeth 's role in the play and discuss why this makes her the most fascinating character. Her evil doings are the main reasons why she dominates the plot so greatly. These include the following: considers Macbeth to be a wimp not wanting to murder; letting Macbeth fulfill her plan; taking control over Macbeth 's thoughts and actions; turning Macbeth from a loyal man to a greedy, coldhearted human being. Also
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Still asleep Lady Macbeth asks, "what, will these hands ne 're be clean?" foreseeing that she will never have peace of mind. This change in character is truly remarkable considering her dominant nature in Acts one and two.

The transformation of the relationship between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth is another interesting part of Lady Macbeth. In acts one and two their relationship is strong and loving. This strength is shown when Macbeth agreements to conduct his wife 's plans because of a threat Lady Macbeth made to take away her love. This meant Macbeth was essentially willing to kill so that his relationship with Lady Macbeth continued.

After the murder and the crowning of Macbeth the once strong relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth rapidly deteriorates, so much so that when Macbeth hears of his wife 's death he does not feel any emotion what-so-ever. When Macbeth became king he and his wife rarely saw each other as Macbeth was occupied in running and protecting Scotland and also himself. At this stage (acts three and four) in the play Lady Macbeth 's role is not as evident but when she did make appearances they were usually important to the plot.

At the beginning Lady Macbeth finds strength to lure Macbeth to murder King Duncan and to commit the murder herself. As the play progresses, her apparent strength diminishes as she fights
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