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Many of William Shakespeares Elizabethan tragedies often have elements of fiery love affairs coupled with the somberness of violent death The transformation of the mindset of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth take place within this format of love and its parallel of death As the story of Macbeth unravels Shakespeare sets the stage for the reversal of Macbeth and Lady Macbeths mentality Macbeth goes from a content and cautious noble to a bold power hungry killer while Lady Macbeth goes from an eager domineering wife to a scared guilt ridden wreck In the beginning of the play Macbeth is a courageous soldier fresh from the field of battle this is his sole unchanging characteristic This is shown in the opening scene when the sergeant states I must report they were as cannons overcharged with double cracks so they double redoubled strokes upon the foe 151 37-39 This is shown even as Macbeth realizes that he may die Ill fight till from my bones my flesh be hacked 209 33-34 Also at the beginning Macbeth shows a certain submissive nature to his wife When Lady Macbeth chides him for being a coward Macbeth offers no rebuttal it must be remembered that this is at time when women were considered subservient to men Speaking of Lady Macbeth one should note the adoration which Macbeth treats his wife He loves her enough to kill at her behest To Lady Macbeths request for the death of Duncan Macbeth responds I am settled bent up each corporal agent to this terrible feat 164 78-79 Lady Macbeth begins as a domineering wife who not only insults her husband but then orders him to do her bidding But screw your courage to the sticking place and well not fail 163 60-61 Macbeth will not hold to any of his more innocent charms nor Lady Macbeth any of her commanding charms For reference sake lets propose that the middle of the
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