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How does Shakespeare show the ways in which the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth changes in the play?

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Rosalin Ward How does Shakespeare show the ways in which the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth changes in the play? > Macbeth was written in 1606, and was set in Scotland in1040. It has changing themes throughout, some of them are: - love, hate, deception and fear. The change in relationship is shown through language techniques and structure. In act one, we first meet Lady Macbeth, we see her first as a nice, welcoming woman, who would do anything for her husband, but all is not as it seems, as it isn't all that long before we see how truly vile and evil she really is. Lady Macbeth plots to kill King Duncan, but she fears Macbeth is too nice. 'I fear thy nature It is too full o'th milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way' 'Kindness' shows that Lady Macbeth is the more dominant one in the relationship and fear her husband is weak, also it gives us an insight as to his character at the beginning of the play. We learn she is a very strong, dominant, persuasive character. 'Unsex me here' This shows her strong character coming through; she is asking to be strong, like a man, so they can commit the murder. ...read more.

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Her reaction to Macbeth was snappy and impatient this she her guilt in another way other than sitting feeling bad about it she is trying to act strong but this is making her angry and snappy. "Infirm of purpose! Give me the daggers: the sleeping and the dead." This shows she wants to forget the deed as fast as she possibly can by clearing up the mess and anything that could prove it was them that killed Duncan. "My hands are of your colour; but I shame to wear a heart so white" Even though she didn't kill Duncan herself she has his blood on her hands, she is a part of it, and she framed the guards and it was all her idea so even though she didn't kill Duncan herself his death was her fault. Lady Macbeth has no conscience about killing King Duncan she shows this by how she speaks and how unrelated to him it is and how she seems not to care. "The sleeping and the dead are but as pictures" And also she frames the guard by blooding their faces. "I'll guild the faces of the grooms" In this scene the most affected is Macbeth. Lady Macbeth just doesn't care well she appears not to. ...read more.

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much longer he has to hide and also it makes him appear to be thinking 'is there ay point to life anymore?' The audience wouldn't expect him to respond in this way, they would surely expect him to have the littlest bit of remorse for the death of him wife, whom he claimed to love so dearly. When he hears about Burnham Wood moving towards Dunsinane, he goes mad and this is something he appears passionate about, he cares more about this than he does the death of his wife, I believe he is so passionate about this because this is something he didn't expect and he thought he was safe and it wouldn't happen and it did. This shows how their relationship has changed throughout the play before if she had died at the beginning of the play he would have been much more bothered about his wife's death because their relationship was much better and closer and more loving at the beginning of the play. >Their relationship at the start of the play was very different to at the end of the play. In the beginning they were very close and loving and at the end they had just drifted apart. I think Shakespeare wanted the message/moral of this play to be let nature take its course and don't let power take over you. ...read more.

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