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Discuss the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

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Sarah Turner UV Discuss the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth portrays a very strange relationship in which Lady Macbeth has the dominant character. Shakespeare demonstrates this by showing us Macbeth, then Lady Macbeth, and finally the two of them together. The first time Macbeth is mentioned in the play is in Act One Scene One by the third witch. This could demonstrate right at the beginning of the play that Macbeth is linked with evil. In Scene Two, the Sergeant speaks about "brave Macbeth, " he says, "well he deserves that name." This whole scene is summed up when the King says, "what he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won." In Scene Three, Macbeth begins to portray the other side of his personality in which he is more questioning and cowardly. However, this is a contrast to his emotions that are shown later, which is that he has great ambitions but he also has a very strong conscience. ...read more.


This frustrates Lady Macbeth, but she still manages to win the argument with her superior character. Lady Macbeth then poses a rhetorical question to Macbeth in which she implies that he is like an adolescent girl be saying that he is "green and pale." Lady Macbeth then reminds Macbeth that he is a brave man in his mind, which shows us that she still does have some trust in him. However, she calls him a coward and says that he changes his mind too much. Macbeth replies to this by saying "Prithee peace," which is very polite in comparison to Lady Macbeth's ______________ comments. Macbeth then produces a witty remark, which loosely means that if he were to do more than a man would do, it would make him an animal. However, it is proved that Lady Macbeth does love and respect her husband, because in line sixty, she says that she would have " plucked my nipple from his [her child's] boneless gum and dashed the brains out had I so sworn." ...read more.


This is another oddity in the couple's relationship. This is proved in line thirty one, when Lady Macbeth plays the motherly character, calming down the formerly "brave Macbeth." The audience is aware that Macbeth is planning to have Banquo and Fleance murdered, yet it is strange that in this scene Macbeth does not tell Lady Macbeth of his intentions. This shows that Macbeth is becoming more bloody, and Lady Macbeth is losing control of him. However, in Act Three Scene Four we see that Lady Macbeth is still the more secure. She still has to for Macbeth in public when he has halucinations of Banquo. In Act Five Scene One we see Lady Macbeth sleep walking and talking. She is clearly very disturbed about the murders. This shows the divisions in the relationship. When Macbeth is told that his wife is dead, he instantly gives a suicidal speech. It is clear that he feels that she should not have died before him, as he needed her for security and direction. Also, he says that without Lady Macbeth, life is worthless and empty. ...read more.

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