Macbeth, Lady Macbeth Character Change

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At the beginning of Act 5, we see Lady Macbeth as a very different woman. She no longer shows the ambition that she was so fiercely driven by. Lady Macbeth was a woman who could get anything that she wanted. She was able to manipulate her husband to commit murder, she plotted the murder, and she was there to make sure that her husband followed through with it. As a loving wife, she was also there to steady her husband’s hand after the murder was committed. But now she is but a glimpse of her former self. Lady Macbeth’s nerves were shattered by the weight of guilt and paranoia. She was so consumed with guilt after the murder that she begins to have trouble sleeping. This trouble becomes even worse once it leads to sleepwalking. One night, during one of the sleepwalking sessions, she is overheard by a doctor and another woman, “Out, damned spot. Out, I say! One, two- why then, ‘tis time to do’t.- Hell is murky. – Fie, my lord, fie. A solider, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? – Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him? [5.1.30-34]”. Lady Macbeth is beginning to unravel. She is on a slow ride into madness because of the guilt of her ambition and what it drove her to do. She is convinced that her hands are permanently stained with blood. She is saying that as long as her power is secure, she should not be harmed by the murders she has committed, but she knows deep down that this is untrue. This is why she is imagining the bloodstain. She has created her own hell and knows it well. People are starting to notice the change in Lady Macbeth’s character. They are worried for her and for themselves. “Foul whisperings are abroad. Unnatural deeds do breed unnatural troubles. Infected minds to their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets. More needs she

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