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In the play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare Lady Macbeth is one of Shakespeares most famous and frightening female characters At the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth is introduced as a dominant controlling cold-blooded wife with an obsessive ambition to achieve kingship for her husband Her personality begins to change drastically as the play progresses it gradually disintegrates through a false portrayal of unyielding strength an unsteady control of her husband and shifting involvement with supernatural powers Her weak sheltered unsure and unstable condition is only revealed at the end of the play Her ambition for achieving kingship for her husband will drive her to do anything She manipulates her husband with remarkable effectiveness overriding all his objections when he hesitates to murder she repeatedly questions his manhood until he feels that he must commit murder to prove himself She knows that Macbeth is a strong person and she must seem stronger to convince him to go along with her She now has to wear a mask of this determined and cold character creating more distance between her true self and Macbeth Lady Macbeth has the persuasiveness capable of humiliating someone into murder but has no personal capacity to execute the dead though she spoke at times as if she would take the opportunity whenever it arose She claims that she can act to look like the innocent flowerBut be the serpent undert Lady Macbeth imagines that she has the capability to be a remorseless and determined villain but she isnt anything of that in reality In fact at the end of the play Lady Macbeth is so feeble-minded she becomes overwhelmed with guilt The guilt that has been set upon her by her husband sprung from convincing him to kill In reality the final results are only accountable to Lady Macbeth She is the one who convinces her husband to commit the murders therefore ending in a series of emotional and mental problems
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