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At the start, the play portrays the relationship of the Macbeth's as close and loving, to the reader/audience.

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Introduction

At the start, the play portrays the relationship of the Macbeth's as close and loving, to the reader/audience. Macbeth is weak and confides in his love and relies on her for comfort. As the play goes on it becomes obvious to the reader/audience that the relationship starts to decline because of Lady Macbeth's health and Macbeth's greed of being in control and doing whatever it takes to stay King of Scotland. In a letter (Act 1, scene 5) that Macbeth wrote to Lady Macbeth after his encounter of the witches (Act 1, scene 3) he describes Lady Macbeth as "my dearest partner of greatness" showing the reader/audience that he believes they are equal, he loves her and holds her is in high esteem. In the letter Macbeth confides in Lady Macbeth about his idea that he may have to kill King Duncan for the witches prophecies of him becoming King to become true. From writing the letter to his wife, Macbeth shows he trusts her and is willing to tell her everything. Lady Macbeth is the more dominating and stronger person in the relationship and in a soliloquy she shares her feelings with the reader/audience that "yet I do fear thy nature, it is too full o'th' milk of human kindness". This fear is that her dear Macbeth will not be able to do the sinful act of killing King Duncan. ...read more.

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Macbeth responds to Lady Macbeth demand to take the daggers back herself because "I am afraid to think what I have done", Macbeth shows his weakness of guilt and shows at this stage of the relationship Lady Macbeth is the controlling member and proves this by planting the daggers on the guards and asking Macbeth to clean himself up while she does this. Macbeth shows his guilt in killing Duncan when describing the blood he has on his hands in lines 63-66, in comparison to Lady Macbeth, as she feels no remorse because her heart is so cold. When King Duncan is discovered to be dead in Act 2, Scene 3 Macbeth kills the bodyguards, nervous that he will be found out to be the murderer. Suspicion is set on Macbeth because he admits to killing the bodyguards but only as he was angry at the death of the King and thought them to be the killers. As the pressure is set on Macbeth, Lady Macbeth helps him out by drawing attention to herself by fainting. In doing this it shows the reader/audience that Lady Macbeth is very supportive of her husband and that she is being protective. In Act 3, Scene 1 Macbeth has become King because Duncan's sons, Donaldbain and Malcolm have fled to England and Ireland in fear of their lives and future. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the conversation between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, it reveals that Macbeth does not always need his wife's help to do evil deeds and he does not have the need to tell her everything. In the conversation it also shows the difference in the way Lady Macbeth addresses Macbeth as she no longer addresses him scornfully but tries to comfort his tortured mind. In Act 3, Scene 3, Banquo was murdered by the assassins but his son; Fleance was not killed and escaped the assassins. In Act 3, scene 4, Macbeth is having a banquet and is told of the death of Banquo and is disturbed by the fact that Fleance is still alive. "Then comes my fit again: I had else been perfect" says Macbeth to the assassin that brought the news of Banquo's death. Though Macbeth soon puts aside his fears of Fleance doing harm, as Fleance is still a boy, too young to do any damage. It is in this act that Macbeth sees Banquo's ghost. From this site Macbeth is unnerved and says to his Lords "Thou cannot say I did it; never shake Thy gory locks at me!" Macbeth does not realise it is only him who is seeing the ghost of Banquo so he trys to prove himself innocent. The Lords believe him to be unwell and feel it wise to leave their King and let him rest. Lady Macbeth ...read more.

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