How does Lady Macbeth's character change throughout the play?        

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Lady Macbeth is a complex character. The main constant in her character is her strong sense of duty. She sees as her first duty as a wife supporting her husband and being responsible for his success, being a sort of power behind the throne. On the other hand, an important part of what she understands as her role as a woman is to be tender, empathetic, and a moral compass. In order to support the ambitions of a husband too filled with "the milk of human kindness," she must temporarily suppress or repudiate her feminine nature. In a soliloquy she states:

... Come, you spirits

That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,

And fill me  ... full [o]f direst cruelty.

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