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In Macbeth, how does Shakespeare foreshadow Lady Macbeth's death? Is there a solid example from the play?

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At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is depicted as a callous, determined woman who criticizes her husband's masculinity and convinces him to assassinate King Duncan. Despite her resolute, bold demeanor, Shakespeare foreshadows Lady Macbeth's growing sensitivity and vulnerability when she remarks that she could not murder the king herself because Duncan reminds her of her father. As the play progresses, Macbeth becomes increasingly distant from his wife and is no longer her close, beloved partner in crime. Macbeth's aloofness is depicted when he refuses to inform Lady Macbeth that he has planned Banquo and Fleance's murders, which reveals that he is working independently of his wife and is no longer her trusted companion.

The most prominent example of foreshadowing Lady Macbeth's death takes place in act 5, scene 1. In this scene, the Doctor and Gentlewoman witness Lady Macbeth sleepwalking and hallucinating at night. As Lady Macbeth is sleepwalking, she demonstrates her tortured soul by...

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By her sleepwalking and we know that she regrets doing the murder.