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Macbeth Dynamic Character Analysis

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Macbeth is a very dynamic play. One aspect of the play is the very unusual relationship between Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth. Unlike most relationships, there isn’t mutual trust or respect between the two. For instance, Lady Macbeth explains to Macbeth her plan for killing Duncan, even though Macbeth is the one doing the deed, he cannot give his input. Later on, Macbeth turns his back on Lady Macbeth and kills Banquo all by himself. Their relationship also seems to lack true love. After Macbeth receives word of his wife's death, he responds as if a random homeless guy on the street has died, saying she would have died anyways. Although their relationship is unusual, Lady Macbeth still leaves a lasting impression on Macbeth. Lady…show more content…
She does this by making Macbeth feel that she’s disappointed in him. Lady Macbeth reads a letter from Macbeth regarding what the witches said. Lady Macbeth begins by saying that Macbeth will become everything he is promised but then continues, saying about Macbeth, ”Yet do I fear thy nature. It is too full o' th' milk of human kindness.”(1.7.3) Lady Macbeth is worried that Macbeth is too kind to kill Duncan. Although Lady Macbeth is not talking to Macbeth, it seems as if Lady Macbeth is putting Macbeth down, so Macbeth feels like he has to prove himself to her. It’s like when you’re playing pickup basketball, and your defender is trash talking you and saying you can't shoot. It makes you want just to make every shot in his face just to prove him wrong. After this episode Macbeth kills Duncan. Even, later on, he even kills one of his best friends Banquo. This Macbeth isn’t the Macbeth we saw earlier in the book which got a scared feeling from thinking of murder; this is a Macbeth who has been transformed by Lady Macbeth. We see this transformation when Macbeth and Macduff meet for the last time before Macduff kills Macbeth. When the two meet Macbeth starts by saying that he was the last person he wanted to have to kill because Macbeth already murdered his family. It seems that Macbeth still has flashes of his old, friendly and caring self, but then Macduff delivers the punch, “I have no words. My voice is in my sword.Thou bloodier villain. Than terms can give thee out!”(5.8.7) Macduff just tells Macbeth he is evil beyond words, which I think is a great line. I feel that this is where it comes full circle, from the beginning where Lady Macbeth calls Macbeth too soft, to Macduff telling Macbeth he is evil beyond words. Lady Macbeth makes Macbeth evil. She provides the “gateway drug” of being a heinous murderer to Macbeth, which is guiding Macbeth through the killing of Duncan and his guards. Like
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