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How does the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change throughout the play

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How does the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change throughout the play The play begins when Macbeth meets three witches and is given three prophecies - one of which is that he will be king. In Lady Macbeth's first scene she is reading a letter from her husband telling her about the witch's predictions. Upon reading the letter she instantly decides to obtain the crown for Macbeth through any possible means. Lady Macbeth is viewed as very controlling, strong, and certain; saying that Macbeth 'Shalt be what thou art promised? At this early point in the play I think they had a strong relationship and he was very close to his wife as he felt he could confide his news in her. Lady Macbeth also regards her husband as "too full o'th' milk of human kindness". She is claiming that her husband is very kind and a worthy gentleman. Macbeth uses affectionate words to Lady Macbeth at the beginning of the play and refers to her as 'my dearest partner of greatest'. To me it makes them sound like a very close couple, that she is a very special person to him and that he loves her. ...read more.

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This shows how she is still cold hearted, as she thinks it is 'foolish' for a man to show remorse at a murder he committed. She orders him to not think 'so deeply', saying that thinking about the deed 'will make us mad' and 'unbend your noble strength'. Here we see a slightly weaker side to Lady Macbeth, she is herself feeling vulnerable to guilt, almost immediately after the murder. This is shown in 'will make us mad'. The 'us' shows that she is no longer only concerned for Macbeth, but is worried about her own mental state too, fretting that she may go mad with guilt. But soon after, Lady Macbeth regains her control, and begins to once more organise affairs, 'go get some water and wash this filthy witness from your hand'. This implies that Lady Macbeth wants Macbeth to get dispose of himself, as she asks him to dispose of 'this filthy witness', suggesting that Macbeth rid himself of the part of him that was uncertain and stood watching the other side of him murder Duncan. Again this is another massive request from Lady Macbeth, but Macbeth seems to obey anyway, showing her power over him. ...read more.

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Banquo's ghost appears again and this time Macbeth becomes violent so his wife gets rid of the guests very quickly 'Stand not upon the order of your going, but go at once'. Macbeth tells his wife of his fear that there are more bad deeds to come and that tomorrow he is returning to see the witches. Lady Macbeth is still trying to make her husband forget what has happened and is still the strong one of the two who seems to be holding everything together just like she was earlier in the play. Macbeth feels on his own in this scene as he talks with a lot of I's in his speech 'I am in blood, I stepped in so far that I wade no more' whereas in act 1 scene 7 he spoke of them as a couple 'We will not fail', 'When we have marked' and 'We'd still have'. In the end after Lady Macbeth's bizarre death Macbeth mourns, not over his wife's death but the way of life. In his speech he seemed to have forgotten about his wife's death but instead refers to what lies ahead. This shows that Macbeth is no longer a loving, caring husband, which he started out to be. ...read more.

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