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The character of Macbeth

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Lady Macbeth's death (Act 5, Scene 5)

How is Macbeth affected when he learns of his wife's death?

  • Macbeth seems suddenly weary when Lady Macbeth dies. His reaction is strange - very quiet, subdued and thoughtful.
  • His power and motivation seem to vanish. It's as if Macbeth no longer sees any point trying to hold on to the kingship. He cannot understand why he ever wanted it
  • He realises this is the end and that his own death is near. We get the impression that he now knows he will die, even though the witches seem to have told him otherwise. The strange thing is that he just seems to accept it.
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