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How do Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change throughout the play Macbeth?  Provide examples/quotes to support your answer.

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In Shakespeare's Macbeth, Macbeth changes once he kills Duncan and recovers from the act.

Before and immediately after he kills Duncan, he plays the role usually associated with females, showing concern for Duncan, since Duncan has been a fair and just king, has treated Macbeth well, and is staying under Macbeth's roof, so to speak, and is expecting Macbeth's protection as his host.  Macbeth even worries about betraying the trust others have put in him before he kills the king:  he worries about what others think of him.

Once he kills Duncan and emotionally and mentally recovers from the killing, however, Macbeth worries no more about what others think of him, about anything as trivial as hospitality, or about fairness or justice.  After killing...

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