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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?' 'Macbeth' also known as, 'The Scottish Play', because of its supernatural background, was written in 1606 as one of many of Shakespeare's tragedies. The play was preformed under the rule of King James I, who may well have been in the audience, which is why it is important that at the end of the play good triumphed over evil, the rightful King took his place on the throne, and the natural order of life was resumed. The play was significant to the audience of Shakespeare's time because it showed the existence and realism of witches and since they opened the play, it set the mystical and threatening atmosphere for things to come. In the beginning of the play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's relationship is very close and loving but as the play progresses, the audience can see changes that have occurred. These changes are probably due to the murder of Duncan, which they committed, and which brings conflict and disorder on the kingdom and themselves. The play also relates to the people of that time in showing that as a woman, Lady Macbeth never had the power to control things independently she had no rights of her own and only possessed power through her husband. In Act 1 Scene 5 Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are very close he addresses her in the letter as, 'my dearest partner of greatness' Lady Macbeth is keen to see Macbeth to discuss the murder with him, but fears he is, 'too full o' the milk of human kindness'. ...read more.

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because he carries back the daggers covered in blood, and fears to return them; she supports him by returning them for him. Lady Macbeth is being brave and practical, and tells him, 'go get some water And wash this filthy witness from your hand.' When Duncan's murder is committed, the audience hears 'the owl scream and the crickets cry' and know that nature's cycle of order collapses consequentially. A supernatural atmosphere is brought back from the scenes with the witches, and tension builds, as the audience wait to see if the Macbeths are caught. Lady Macbeth knows that, 'These deeds must not be thought...so it will make us mad.' The irony here is that Lady Macbeth's thoughts are filled with the murder and it eventually forces here to become insane. Macbeth hears voices saying that he will, 'sleep no more'. This is significant because sleep is a natural order of daily life and sleep deprivation causes many illnesses, sleep is also innocent and only the innocent can sleep Macbeth has murdered an innocent and therefore, 'murder(ed) sleep', which is why, 'Macbeth shall sleep no more'. Macbeth sees himself as committing such a terrible crime that all the oceans water could not wash the blood from his hands lest they become red themselves, Lady Macbeth would be ashamed to be as afraid as Macbeth is. 'Had he not resembled my father' perhaps means Lady Macbeth is capable of murder but could not do it because sleeping Duncan resembled her father, another ...read more.

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she only wanted him to achieve what he deserved and wanted, she also wanted to share his success, and be a part of it. Macbeth's character degenerates at the same pace as his relationship to Lady Macbeth, perhaps because his character is linked to and depends on their relationship as Lady Macbeth makes up a part of him, which is why when Lady Macbeth dies, a part of Macbeth dies with her. Macbeth somewhat unwillingly kills Duncan for personal gain; then he has to kill Banquo, his closest friend, to maintain that position, showing how important kingship has become to him. By the time he faces Macduff he is a very desperate and dangerous man, quite different from the character we thought we knew at the beginning. Macduff is his bringer of destiny, as he takes revenge for his wife and children's murders and kills Macbeth. There can be no doubt that their love remains strong throughout the entire play, perhaps it could be said the love between the two was so strong Lady Macbeth's breakdown is caused by her concern for her husband, and his personality collapse than any regrets about the murder. When she dies he is totally alone and that is when he meets his final tragedy. Macbeth feels sure he will never attain peace - either in this world or in the next, for he has murdered, now his sleep will be forever disturbed. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sadaf Khan Yr11 English and Literature Coursework 1 ...read more.

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