“A fiend like queen. ” states Malcolm. In this instance Malcolm refers to Lady Macbeth as an evil and immoral person who bred evilness into Macbeth’s personality. In the play called Macbeth Lady Macbeth goes through multiple traumatizing events that changes the way she acts from the beginning to the end of the play. The chain of events that take place in this play cause a change in Lady Macbeth’s behaviour, and by the end of the book she loses all self-control and commits suicide.
Lady Macbeth starts off as a woman who holds hatred towards the fact that she is a woman, and wishes that she could get rid of all her emotions. As the plot expands and Lady Macbeth experiences her guilt and responsibility towards the murder of the King, Duncan, she can no longer control herself and begins to lose her mind. Once Macbeth becomes king and relies more on the prophecies of the three witches, Lady Macbeth begins to worry about her husband and believes that he will kill again.
In the concluding parts of the play Lady Macbeth completely loses herself to the point where she sleepwalks and mumbles to herself about the blood on her hands and how she can’t free herself from the smell and sight of it. These changes in her behaviour prove to be hazardous to her health, and ultimately end badly for her. After reading a letter from Macbeth describing the prophecies he has heard from the witches and what he could become, Lady Macbeth begins the play with a hatred towards her female properties, wishing that she could become more like a man, and less of an emotionally filled female.
She says, “Come, you spirits that tend on my mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me, from crown to the toe, top-full of direst cruelty! ” (I, v, 43-46) This shows that she will do whatever it takes to convince Macbeth to murder Duncan, even if it means proving that she is more brave and stronger than he is. She shows him her strength by calling him a coward, saying that she is more of a man than him and stating that she would murder her own child if she had sworn to do something. I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums, and dash’d the brains out, had I sworn as you had done to this. ”(I, vii, 61-64) she claims. Although Lady Macbeth seems like a strong, confident woman, once she hears about the murder Macbeth has just committed on their King, and his guards, she faints in horror of his actions. Thus proving that she has changed from an evil person capable of killing her own child to an emotional female not being able to handle what her husband has done and her own guilt.
As the play progresses, Macbeth begins to rely more heavily on the three prophecies, becoming for self-conscious of Banquo and hiding his intentions from Lady Macbeth. As Macbeth gains confidence and strength, Lady Macbeth loses confidence in her husband and is becoming uneasy about his plans. The behaviour of the two has changed from Act 1 to Act 2, Lady Macbeth was once the dominant one encouraging the murder of Duncan and Macbeth was the follower, timid, scared and did whatever she said. Now she is the timid one telling her husband to dismiss any thoughts he has about the prophecies to him and to Banquo. You must leave this,” (III, ii, 39) she says to Macbeth, trying to convince him not to do anything wreck less that could cause more problems for both of them. As the play moves forward both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth suffers from sleep loss, lack of appetite, and terrible nightmares because of the guilt and responsibility they share for the murder of Duncan. “Ere we will not eat our meal in fear, and sleep in the afflication of these terrible dreams that shake us at night,” (III, ii, 19-21) says Macbeth to Lady Macbeth.
Lady Macbeth’s sleeping loss, nightmares, and appetite loss reveal that she has changed again from a guiltless woman to a woman who is overwhelmed with her guilt and can’t seem to think about anything else but the murder she has helped commit. By the end of the play Lady Macbeth is completely traumatized by the multiple murders her husband has done, all because she convinced him to kill one person. Her responsibility for these deaths takes a huge toll on her and causes her to lose all self-control to the point where she talks to herself while sleep walking.
She is completely controlled by the image of blood on her hands, and no matter how much she washes her hands the smell, and sight of it with always be on her hands. “Yet here’s a spot. ” claims Lady Macbeth as she washes her hands. During her sleep walking she continuously tries to remove the blood free from her yet even after she finishes washing there is still blood left on her hands. Her doctor is convinced she is suicidal which is later proven true when she takes her own life right before the battle. Lady Macbeth changes drastically over the course of the play from an evil, onfident, and brave advisor into a suicidal maniac. Lady Macbeth’s character change during the play proves to be drastic and harmful to her well being. Lady Macbeth goes through tragic events over the course of the play which changes the way her life turned out. As the play progresses the changes within her become more severe and force her to change her personality from evil to scared, guilty, and suicidal. Overall, Lady Macbeth changes enormously over the play which proves fatal to her life. Works Cited Shakespeare, Harbrace. Macbeth. Toronto: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1988.