Consequence; a result or effect of an action or condition. William Shakespeare's Macbeth explores the idea of one's greed for power, and how that leads to severe consequences. The dynamic character of Lady Macbeth uses her hunger for power into actions that will develop into consequences, that ultimately have an effect on her perception by others and her feelings. In Macbeth, Shakespeare uses the character of Lady Macbeth to portray that any action will have a consequence.
In the text Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is consumed by the characteristics of being fearless, dauntless, and having evil intentions to use for her own benefits. While conversing with Macbeth about future plans to kill King Duncan, Lady Macbeth says, "This night's great business into my dispatch,/ Which shall to all our nights and days come/ Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom." (1:5:70-73) These lines demonstrate how Lady Macbeth is foreshadowing about what she will do in order to satisfy her plans to gain power. Such plans include murdering the king, so that the high ranking position as the queen is available for her own use. Lady Macbeth's lines also demonstrate how her strong desire for power has caused her to literally take the situation into her own hands in order to be successful, even if the actions leads to a devastating, evil murder.
Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth transitions into a dynamic character, as her role with her husband, Macbeth, begins to level out shown through dialogue. As Lady Macbeth and Macbeth talk about killings,.
Macbeth says, .
Both with eye and tongue: unsafe he while that we .
Must lave our honors in these flattering streams, .
And make our faces vizards to our hearts,.
Disguising what they are.
Lady Macbeth responds,.
You must leave this. (3:2:33-37) .
These lines are an example of how Lady Macbeth's reaction to Macbeth's plan acknowledge her role changing by becoming less dominant with crucial plans.