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Due to the ruthless and murderous actions taken in order to fulfill her yearning for power Lady MacBeth of Shakespeares tragedy MacBeth suffers from emotional turmoil At the play begins she is a motivated power-hungry woman with no boundaries but as the play moves on Lady MacBeth begins to fall further and further into a guilt-filled world ending in her own suicide After receiving the letter from her husband about the predictions of the three witches Lady MacBeth dedicates herself to helping MacBeth become king The witches had told MacBeth that he would soon become the Thane of Cawdor and eventually the King of Scotland When she learns that Duncan would be spending the night at their castle she immediately decides to kill him She mentions that her husband was not ruthless by nature and that even if he wanted something so badly he would not cheat to get it She sees this as a character flaw However Lady MacBeth does not have that problem In fact her goal is to get MacBeth to feel as she does She does so by questioning his manhood in saying Art thou afeard To be the same in thine own act and valor Which thou esteemst the ornament of life And live a coward in thine own esteem Letting I dare not wait upon I would Like the poor cat i th adage I vii 40-46 She feels in an instant that everything is at stake and ignoring the point overwhelms him with indignant and contemptuous personal reproach Bradley 81 She seems to welcome the darkness into her when she says Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts Unsex me here and fill me from crown to toe Top-full of direst cruelty I v 44 Lady MacBeth takes control of the situation involving
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