In Act I, Scene 7, she tells him, What beast wast then That made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man; Be so much more the man. Later on in the play, Lady Macbeth begins to show some small signs of weakness. The first sign of weakness comes in Act II, Scene 2 when she says that she could not kill Duncan because he resembled her father. She explains, Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had donet. The other example of some weakness in Lady Macbeths character is in Act III, Scene 2 when she tries to comfort Macbeth by telling him not to worry about what he has done to Duncan and is about to do to Banquo.
She tells him, How now, my lord! Why do you keep alone, Of sorriest fancies your companions making, Using those thoughts which should indeed have died With them they think on? Things without all remedy Should be without regard: whats done is done. Perhaps the most ironic change in Lady Macbeths character comes at the very end of the play. Throughout most of the first four acts of the play, she has been the strongest character, always leading Macbeth and pushing him to carry out their plot, but in Act V we begin to see that she wasnt as strong as she had appeared. First, in Act V, Scene 1 we see a troubled Lady Macbeth who is sleepwalking. She seems to be very troubled by blood, presumably that of King Duncan. Some of the comments she makes are, Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?, What, will these hands neer be clean?, and Heres the smell of the blood still.
All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Later, we learn of Lady Macbeths tragic fate as Seyton announces to Macbeth, The queen, my lord, is dead. In conclusion, we see that Lady Macbeths savage nature was only a facade; underneath that facade, she was really one of the most fragile characters in the play.