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THE RISE AND FALL OF LADY MACBETH Lady Macbeths character is one of complexity slowly but continuously changing throughout the play What begins as a struggle for power and a longing to shred her femininity turns Lady Macbeth into what she fears most - a guilt ridden weakling In the beginning I v 43-54 we see Lady Macbeth reacting to the news of her husbands success and King Duncans visit This ignites her lust for power In the quote unsex me here And fill me from the crown to the toe top full Of direst cruelty make thick my blood Come thick night And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell That my keen knife see not the wound it makes Lady Macbeth talks of wanting all of the cold blooded aspects of manliness so she can kill King Duncan with no remorse - she sees herself as having these qualities more than her husband and because of this in a sense wishes to shed her womanhood We can see this ruthless nature more in depth in the quote I would while it was smiling in my face Have pluckd my nipple from his boneless gums and dashd the brains out had I so sworn as you Have done to this Ivii56-59 She is obviously a very bitter female frequently referring to her role as a woman both physically and emotionally in negative ways In the above quote Lady Macbeth is commenting on her husbands lack of gall stating that quite frankly she would make a better man than he Although still a very strong woman we see the first signs of weakness in Ladys Macbeths character in Act II Scene ii 12-13 She says Had he not resembled My father as he slept I had done it She is giving an excuse for not killing Duncan herself As you can
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