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Explore the relationship between Machbeth and lady Macbeth

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Explore Shakespeare's presentation of the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Shakespeare has brought Macbeth and Lady Macbeth together in one sense by their complicity in the murder and their joint ambition; however, pulls them apart in another by guilt, mistrust and paranoia. Throughout the play, the course of their relationship takes several calamitous turns which leads both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in different directions, ultimately landing them at clashing destinations with individual states of mind. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth and his wife consider each other as equal in worth as Macbeth refers to Lady Macbeth as his 'dearest partner of greatness' and Lady Macbeth quotes Macbeth to be, 'great Glamis, worthy Cawdor.' At this point, their relationship is based on certain equity and although both of them make great sacrifices for one another, they don't doubt each others intentions. Despite Lady Macbeth showing us her manipulative streak, when Macbeth informs her that he doesn't want to 'proceed no further in this business' as he worked hard enough to gain 'golden opinions' or a fine reputation from all over, Lady Macbeth's attempt at persuasion, sways him ...read more.


that she was convincing her husband to be, using words as her weapons to emasculate Macbeth by comparing him to the 'poor cat I' the adage, who wanted the fish but was too scared of getting his feet wet, as well as claiming his doubts to be arising from a hangover, as it awaked to look so 'green and pale.' But she later on suggests hypocritical irony, as at the time of the 'great business', she discloses that the drugs that 'quenched' the chamberlains, have made her 'bold', giving away the fact that she too, isn't as strong as she makes out to be and she needs alcohol to make her dauntless. This example too, proves that Lady Macbeth loves Macbeth to such an extent, that she is willing to surrender the abililty to confide in her husband of her innermost emotions, whether cowardly or not. After the murder of Duncan, Lady Macbeth displays emotions on the opposite end of the spectrum to Macbeth, since whilst Macbeth vividly envisions voices crying 'sleep no more! ...read more.


She discovers that no action of hers could get rid of her guilt, by admitting that even the 'sweet-smelling perfumes of Arabia' weren't able to remove the stench of blood from her 'little hand, that committed a sin so big. Shakespeare's reversal of roles causes Lady Macbeth to become the weak, submissive partner in the relationship who is unsure of herself and petrified of the future. Macbeth, on the other hand, comes to make all the decisions without any aid from his wife, reaching the extent where he doesn't even bother to inform her of his bloody plans. He becomes a tyrant, a man who gained false confidence from the witches second predictions and is despised and hated by the public, which drives him to insanity. The fact that after their deaths, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's relationship is portrayed by Malcolm as 'this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen', forever united in evil, proves that the couple was united in their crimes, their ambition, their madness, and their alienation from society: an irony of a 'perfect' marriage. 15/09/09 Karishma Dewan 11B ...read more.

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