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How does the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth highlight the theme of confusion in the play?

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Introduction

Hugo Price How does the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth highlight the theme of confusion in the play? The theme of confusion and turmoil is introduced by the witches 'fair is foul and foul is fair" this is the technique of antithesis; the language of opposite pairs, this shows how the relationship throughout the whole play is tumultous and Lady Macbeth's and Macbeth's roles change as the play goes on. Also this quote could mean that all though Lady Macbeth seems fair she is actually foul. Lady Macbeth's and Macbeth's relationship is unusual. In in Elizabethan times a women would be expected to respect and obey the man's orders in the early scenes of "Macbeth" lady Macbeth is in more control and also is the one who gives the orders to her husband. She masterminds the plan and does not give him a chance to show his reluctance she is dominant and he is submissive which is play on the traditional roles of a married couple. ...read more.

Middle

By Act 3 Scene 2 we can see that there relationship has started to reverse. To start with Lady Macbeth seems to show more respect for Macbeth for example "My Lord" and "say to the King" this means that Lady Macbeth is in less control of the relationship. Also in this scene we see that Macbeth makes the plans and ideas, he is keeping the is keeping the idea of murdering Banquo to himself "be innocent of the knowledge". Now it is lady Macbeths turn to have doubts in their partners ideas "you must leave this". This shows how in a very short time they have become estranged in that it shows just how little they are communicating between each other and their roles in the relationship have reversed. This highlights the theme of confusion in the play in that from one murder to another the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth has changed dramatically the controlling member of the couple is now Macbeth. ...read more.

Conclusion

Even when she is shouting at him he has stopped listening she uses her usual tactic of telling him off like a child "are you man" she is trying to persuade him by challenging his manliness as earlier in the play when she asks him if he is "a chicken" the only difference is then it worked but now it falls flat. In conclusion I feel that in this essay I have shown how the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth highlights the confusion and turmoil going on in the play, especially in the way that the relations and communication between them is always changing as are the events in the play itself. At the start of the play they act as one would expect from a married couple but by the end, through the all the harrowing deeds they have carried out the wife is in fact forced to kill herself. ...read more.

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