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Relationships between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth

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Introduction

The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth goes through a transformation as the play develops. Discuss how this happens and try to account for the transformation. The Tragedy of Macbeth was written during the Renaissance Period. The particular historical time is known as Jacobean times - times when women were not educated and repressed and all their duties were reduced to their households. Men were usually away fighting and were considered to be superior to women. Women were seen as submissive, and inferior regardless to their class or wealth. Christianity implied the role of women in such way and if women did not perform their duties they were considered sinful. According to the Bible, it was Eve, who tempted Adam into sin and therefore men should rule over women. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth's relationship is perceived as a Jacobean relationship, since Lady Macbeth tempted Macbeth to the sin. Furthermore, in Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth these two characters are the backbone of the play - they take decisions and they create moods, emotions and attitudes. ...read more.

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However, even though seemingly they have strengthened their bond, in reality they are both not bonded to each other but to the ambition. After Duncan's murder their relationship is branded with guilt and blood, which creates a sense of discomfort in the relationship. Macbeth becomes more secluded in the ambition for power, which eventually transforms to obsession with power. Furthermore, as Macbeth falls down in the precipice of voracity, murders become his main ambition and the couple becomes very distant - they no longer confide in each other. It was not enough for Macbeth to become a king. His desire for more leads him further and he plans other murders, while his relationship with Lady Macbeth deteriorates. His evil nature takes over completely. He becomes a tyrant without any feeling or remorse. Between the coronation and the banquet Lady Macbeth is increasingly detached from her husband's plans - he does not need to be persuaded to kill anymore ("How now my lord! Why do you keep alone..." ...read more.

Conclusion

This quotation shows that Macbeth is so overrun with greed and evil that even his demon infested wife cannot detach him from his ambitions. Macbeth does not even talk to her, he just orders the doctor to take care and considers that is enough. Later, when Lady Macbeth suicides it is not even noticeable to him that the woman he has loved is now dead ("She should have died hereafter;/ there would have been time for such a word." (V, v, 17-18)). This illustrates the true detachment in this marriage. The two of them are not even connected by sorrow anymore. This portrays Macbeth's true downfall and foreshadows the collapse of his world. Even though Macbeth is alone, he is so full of evil, that he believes he could reign and protect Scotland on his own. Because of this "sick ambition" Macbeth sacrificed his love, left behind all the good moments and feelings, just because he wanted to become more and more powerful. He loved Lady Macbeth in the beginning and because of this love he tried so hard to please her. At the end, however, he forgot what exactly he was doing and thus their love was lost in the obsession with power. ...read more.

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