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Lady Macbeth's Transformation Into A Guilt Ridden Woman In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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From murder to greed Macbeth portrays a story of how a human’s flaws can be elevated to a point where they are no longer flaws but a person’s way of thinking and acting. A lot of the characters evolve from doing what they think is right to doing what their heart desires. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth changes from an evil mastermind to a guilt ridden woman because Shakespeare shows how a person’s actions affect their personality by having selfish desires turn into a person only driven by power and ambition.
In the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is the one who is driving Macbeth to kill Duncan. Although she could not bring herself to kill Duncan, Shakespeare made it obvious that she wanted to but didn’t have the power. “Unsex me here/ and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full/ of direst cruelty” (I.v.31-33). Lady Macbeth seems bitter that she could not bring herself to kill Duncan. In the play she, wishes she could be stripped of her mortality in order to complete the task. “Had he not resembled/ my father as he slept, I had done’t” (II.ii.12-13). Her not being able to kill shows that deep down she is still human, however she plans the murder of King Duncan and takes pride in the fact that the task had been completed. She holds Macbeth together when the guilt gets to him and explains to him to shake it off and that he’s done nothing wrong.
As ambition starts to take over Macbeth, Lady Macbeth begins to lose power and is not included in the plans to kill Banquo. “Be innocent of knowledge dearest chuck” (III. ii. 47). Lady Macbeth begins to lose her control of Macbeth; she has no more power nor say in what should be done. This lack of power opens a spot for vulnerability by taking away the one thing that makes her feel useful. Macbeth then begins to share a little of his plan of Banquo’s murder without telling her exactly what he’s doing.“Thou marvel’st at my words: but hold thee still./ Things bad begun make strong themselves ill”...

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