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Analyse The Relationship Between Macbeth And Lady Macbeth.

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Analyse The Relationship Between Macbeth And Lady Macbeth Shakespeare writes the play giving Macbeth and Lady Macbeth curate's egg (something with both good and bad parts). However, there is a strong relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth at the start of the play. As the play goes on however, there is a weakening in their relationship and so they aren't as close. Lady Macbeth is Macbeth's support during the first two acts of the play. She forces Macbeth into doing things that he doesn't want to do, she does this by asking him if he's manly enough. After Duncan's murder Macbeth and Lady Macbeth start to have a weak relationship. This all started at the coronation. Macbeth turns independent and evil, this is completely the opposite of what he was like at the start of the play. It seems as though Lady Macbeth has a mental breakdown as she turns shy and relies on other people to help and support her. Shakespeare has the audience gripped because they don't know what the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is like. They know that Macbeth is quite capable of killing someone so why not Lady Macbeth if their relationship is not going smoothly? ...read more.

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With Banquo he is compared to an Eagle and Lion. When Duncan arrives Macbeth finds it hard to put on a false face as he does not greet Duncan. Macbeth's conscience shows as he is feeling guilt because he is mixed up with his ambition and the reality of having to kill Duncan. After Macbeth meets Banquo and Fleance, Macbeth hallucinates that he sees a dagger leading him to Duncan's room. This shows Macbeth's fear and troubled spirit, also this could be a sign that he will find it hard to cope with the effects of murdering someone. The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth has deteriorated. Macbeth does not rely on her for support any longer, he makes his own decisions and does not confide or discuss his future plans with her, and this is a major development in his character. Previously she helped him a lot, but now he has isolated himself. This is evident when Lady Macbeth states "how now my lord why do you keep alone?" Although Macbeth does not disclose his future plans to Lady Macbeth he does tell her that he hasn't gained happiness with what they have done but he actually feels regret. ...read more.

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This was shown in Act 5 Scene 5 Line 16 as it reads "She should have died hereafter". Macbeth now is shown as a dominant figure but spiteful. Macbeth's ambition is to be King of Scotland. This drives him into believing in the Witches. At first Macbeth is sceptical about the Witches. When he's made Thane of Cawdor he starts to believe in them. But he still thinks he can alter their prophecies. At the end he completely trusts their predictions. Macbeth is the central character all the way through the play who becomes a tragic hero. Throughout the play there were numerous quotations which showed a different side to Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's relationship. At the start Macbeth struggles with his guilty conscience while Lady Macbeth is the strong one. When her conscience catches up with her, she can't cope with it and goes totally mad with guilt. Macbeth then is the strong one and Lady Macbeth is the one who is struggling. The build up of Duncan's murder was quite significant to their relationship. Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to commit the murder even though he didn't want to do it. This is the start of their torrid relationship. Shakespeare deliberately made Macbeth so complicated to make the play interesting. It's because he's such a brave hero at the start that it's such a tragedy when he does become evil. Andrew Walker 10H English Coursework ...read more.

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