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Lord and Lady Macbeth From The Tragedy of Macbeth In Shakespeares tragedy Macbeth the characters and the roles they play are critical to its plot and theme and therefore many of Shakespeares characters are well developed and complex Two of these characters are questionable protagonists Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth They play interesting roles in the tragedy and over the course of the play their relationship changes and their roles are essentially switched At the beginning of the play they treat each other as equals They have great concern for each other as you can see when Macbeth races to tell Lady Macbeth the news about the witches and she immediately begins to plot how to gain for her husband and his desire to be king At this point Lady Macbeth is the resolute strong woman while Macbeth is portrayed as her indecisive cowardly husband He does have ambition but at this point his conscience is stronger than his ambition Lady Macbeth explains this characteristic of her husband in Act I Scene v when she says Yet do I fear thy nature it is too full o th milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way The next stage of change developing in the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is in Act II This is the act in which Macbeth kills King Duncan Macbeths character change is apparent because it is obvious that he has given in to his ambition and has murdered the king He is not entirely changed though because he is almost delirious after he has committed the crime He exclaims Will all great Neptunes ocean wash this blood clean from my hand No this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine making the green one red He believes that instead of the ocean cleaning his hands his hands would turn the ocean red Macbeths role has changed somewhat but not entirely since
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