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Consider the relationship of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Explore the ways in which this relationship changes over the play. Do their last moments affect the way in which you understand them overall?

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Consider the relationship of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Explore the ways in which this relationship changes over the play. Do their last moments affect the way in which you understand them overall? In Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth', deception plays a very large part in the relationships and thoughts about and towards others. There are phrases thought or talked about by Macbeth and his wife which signify the similarities between them and deceive other. 'Fair is foul and foul is fair' The witches say this at the very beginning of the play (1.1.11) and it is written to confuse us as two phrases that are together and have a link yet are mysterious and have a hidden meaning that is that Macbeth can seem very kind and loyal but actually is evil and treacherous or the opposite with other characters. They are then repeated later on by Macbeth who phrases it differently but means it in the same manner "So foul and fair a day" (1.3.38). Confusion persists when the characters hide behind their own masks and hide what they are really thinking about and feel, Macbeth is a master at hiding what he feels, in this case he is hiding his true personality, a personality that at the beginning of the play we thought to be good-natured and kind but it is actually one full of evil and deceit. ...read more.

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This is then revealed in act 1 scene 5, when Macbeth walks in on Lady Macbeth talking to herself about being more powerful and plotting to murdering King Duncan. Then when the couple talk about the plot together it shows that the thought has already passed through both their minds and yet has not been discussed. The large difference between the husband and wife is that Macbeth is afraid to fail as he has accomplished so much in life, but his wife thinks that to murder the king will be worth the deed and risk of being caught as shown in the quote as the benefits if they were to succeed were infinite, you could however interpret the quote in the way that she says that as if they could not fail, but in my opinion she just thinks that if they fail, to bad, they fail. "MACBETH: If we should fail? LADY MACBETH We fail!" (1.7.59) Lady Macbeth is also very good at persuading people towards her will and can tempt them and almost bend them to her wishes, she is a very manipulative woman. "I have given suck, and know how tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me- I would while it was smiling in my face have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, and dashed the brains out, had I sworn as you have done to this" (1.7.54-59). ...read more.

Conclusion

"Methought I heard a voice cry 'sleep no more! 'Macbeth does murder sleep, the innocent sleep, sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care, The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath, balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, Chief nourisher in life's feast." (2.2.35) in this quote Macbeth relays his feelings and what he remembers from when he killed Duncan. Macbeth's brain thought up images of things that he didn't want to hear and made him think that they were really happening. Macbeth then pours out his inner feelings about how scared he was and how he felt to his wife whom he thinks will help him rid these images from his mind. The odd thing is, is that Macbeth can and has killed many times on the battle field with out a thought about it and now one death to an important figure when there is little chance that he can be harmed scares him witless so much that he has to go to his wife for support. The relationship between Macbeth and his wife is a strong yet very bizarre one. They rely on each other for support when they have done something wrong or are afraid but never convey their normal lives to each other or their achievements as this makes them look like a normal couple of which they don't want to be and aren't seen as. Jamie Bromfield 'A' Social ...read more.

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