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How does the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change during the course of the play?

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How does the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change during the course of the play? At the beginning of the play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are fused in there craving to over throw the throne. Once they accomplish the deed however, the torment that the guilt brings is too much for the Macbeth but he gets used to the evil of killing of people but the opposite happens to Lady Macbeth who becomes paranoid about the killing Duncan. The first sight that we see of Macbeth's love for his wife is when he writes the first letter to her he writes, 'my dearest partner of greatness'. The fact that he refers to her as his 'partner' tells us that he sees her as equal and that there is no secrets between them. Another word that shows that Macbeth is affectionate to Lady Macbeth is the word 'dearest' which shows that he loves her greatly. The first sight we see of Lady Macbeth's love for Macbeth is when she greets him after he has been given the honour of thane of Cawdor by King Duncan. 'Great Glamis! Worthy Cawdor!' ...read more.

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Duncan also uses the simile 'sharp as his spur' which tells us just how great his love must have been because he would have had a very sharp spear. For the first time in the play we encounter Lady Macbeth and Macbeth having disagreements about what they are just about to do. Macbeth in his soliloquy thinks of many good reasons to no kill Duncan and because of those thoughts he tells lady Macbeth that they are not to proceed any further in this business. Despite this Lady Macbeth cunningly changes Macbeth's mind by unleashing her deadly weapons on him. The first technique that she uses in emotional blackmail: ' From this time Such I account thy love.' This is Lady Macbeth questioning Macbeth's love for her. The term 'account thy love' means to know how much you love me so Lady Macbeth is forcing Macbeth to do the deed or otherwise she will know that he does not love her. The second weapon that Lady Macbeth is a taunt of cowardice towards Macbeth: ' Art thou afreard To be the same in thine own act and valour As thou art in desire?' ...read more.

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As the play goes on their relationship deteriotes more and more. A good example of this is when Macbeth plans to kill Banquo and his son but does not tells his wife. 'Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck' This is a very good example of how their relationship has deteriorated because in the beginning of the play when Macbeth knew about the knowledge of him becoming King the first thing he did is tell his wife, but now his wife has to ask him and also he has not told he which shows that Macbeth doesn't feel that they are equal in their relationship anymore. He also refers to her as 'dearest chuck' where as at the beginning of the play when he wrote the letter he refered to her as 'dearest love'. When you call someone chuck you thing lowly of them. Another example of the relation deteriorating is when the nurse says that Lady Macbeth requests a candle to be on all the time. This shows that Macbeth is that candle and has been blown out so now Lady Macbeth has to have a substitute. In the play 'Macbeth' we see the destructive force on evil and how it can brake up even the strongest of relationships, ie Macbeths and Lady Macbeths. ...read more.

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