How does the character of Lady Macbeth change throughout the play Macbeth?

Lady Macbeth changes significantly throughout the play Macbeth. In the beginning, Lady Macbeth is ruthless and will do anything to make sure her husband becomes king. She has a heartless attitude and mocks her husband for his weakness in hesitating to kill the king. However, Lady Macbeth becomes gradually more unstrung by her guilt over Duncan's murder. She sleepwalks and hallucinates that her hands are covered in blood. Eventually, the guilt overpowers her, and she dies, presumably by suicide.

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At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is depicted as an ambitious, resolute woman, who is willing to doom her soul in order to become queen. When she first hears the news of the witches' seemingly favorable prophecy, she rejoices about the possibility of becoming queen and invites evil spirits to "unsex" her by filling her soul with the "direst cruelty." Unlike her cautious, reluctant husband, Lady Macbeth remains callous and focused on the task at hand. She not only plots the king's assassination but manipulates Macbeth into following her bloody instructions by insulting his manhood and assuring him that they will get away with the crime.

In act 2, scene 2, Lady Macbeth continues to display her bold, courageous personality by criticizing her husband's fear, placing the daggers back in Duncan's chamber, and coaching Macbeth to conceal his emotions. Lady Macbeth demonstrates her resolute, callous personality by saying,

My hands are of your color, but I shame
To wear a heart so white...

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