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The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and how it changes throughout the play

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Daniel Coetsee 10E- Coursework-Kings School-Grantham The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and how it changes throughout the play There are two central characters in the play Macbeth, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. They are married to each other which gives us a sense of a strong relationship at the start of the play. He is a successful soldier and she is a loving and supporting wife. In act 1 scene 5 Macbeth sends a letter to Lady Macbeth, and in the letter he writes ?This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness?, the use of this quote shows he admires his wife and treats her as an equal. When Lady Macbeth finds out about the prophecy that the witches told Macbeth about him becoming king, she jumps at the chance of becoming the queen. When she finds out that Duncan, the current king at the time, is going to be staying at their castle, she persuades Macbeth to kill him in order to pursue their goal in Macbeth becoming king. ...read more.

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As Macbeth leaves he forgets to put the dagger in the guard?s hands and keeps it with him. He goes to Lady Macbeth guilt ridden with the dagger still in hand, but she has no guilt whatsoever (at this point). Because of this Lady Macbeth has to put the dagger in the guard?s hands and smear them with blood herself. This shows that Lady Macbeth has started to take control over the ordeal. From this point onwards the relationship begins to deteriorate rapidly. Macbeth realises that Banquo is his biggest threat to becoming king, because the witches prophesised that Banquo would be father to kings, which Macbeth sees as a threat to his endeavour of claiming the crown. In act 3 scene 1 Macbeth orders three assassins to assassinate Banquo and his son Fleance, they are successful, however Fleance escapes. This is the first decision in the play that Macbeth doesn?t consult with Lady Macbeth first. ...read more.

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We get the sense that he still has feelings of love for his wife but doesn?t consult with Lady Macbeth anymore. In act 5 scene 5 Macbeth finds out his wife is dead and is told by Seyton, Macbeth begins to ponder on the pointlessness of life in a long speech beginning ?tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow...? overall he is talking about how pointless he thinks life is and how it doesn?t mean anything. Overall the relationship starts strong between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth after the witches prophesies, but the relationship begins to deteriorate after Duncan?s murder, the relationship reaches its lowest point when Lady Macbeth becomes mad with guilt over Duncan?s death. At this point we realise that Macbeth?s relationship with his wife has reached a low point. We find out in act 5 scene 9 that Lady Macbeth has committed suicide which is told by Malcolm, Duncan?s son, and heir to the throne, after Macbeth is killed by Macduff. Daniel Coetsee 10E- Coursework-Kings School-Grantham ...read more.

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