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"Lady Macbeth is the dominant partner in an essentially loving relationship." Discuss.

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Introduction

"Lady Macbeth is the dominant partner in an essentially loving relationship." Discuss. Macbeth by William Shakespeare is set in Scotland around the time of the 11th century. The language style Shakespeare writes in is poetic prose as it covers imagery and themes. A dominant partner is controlling and commanding which is how Lady Macbeth appears at the beginning of the play. Lady Macbeth is considered to have a stronger character than Macbeth and just as ambitious if not more so. Ambition is a main theme in Macbeth. However everything changes after the murder of the king of Scotland, Duncan when both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are riddled with guilt as more murders are performed to cover up what they had done. When we first meet Lady Macbeth she certainly seems to have a lust for power and likes the idea of being queen. ...read more.

Middle

When the body of Duncan is found Macduff hesitates to reveal the incident to Lady Macbeth believing her to be too weak to deal with it-she has everyone fooled, "O gentle lady,'Tis not for you to hear what I can speak." (Macduff, act 2, scene 3, line 80.) At the time Lady Macbeth has no morals and no conscience either but it soon catches up with her when she realises what a mistake she has made. Her personality matches the themes of the play-ambition and evil. Lady Macbeth's plans were ambitious but she had to turn to evil to succeed. In the battle between the Norwegians and the Scottish Macbeth is a brave but brutal and ruthless warrior cynical about life. However he appears have a different personality when not in battle and lets Lady Macbeth manipulate him. By the end of the play both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth regret what they have done and begin to go insane. ...read more.

Conclusion

Gone!" (Macbeth, act 4, scene 1.) In my conclusion I think that Lady Macbeth the dominant partner in the relationship, "You shall put this night's great business into my dispatch which shall to all our nights and days to come give solely sway and masterdom." (Lady Macbeth, act 1, scene 5, line 66.) The relationship is clearly not loving, "My hands are of your colour; but I shame to wear a heart so white." (Lady Macbeth, act 2, scene 2, line 62.) Macbeth accepts this insult. However it is debatable whether she is the stronger character because they both are riddled with guilt and can't wash their hands clean of the blood that they caused to appear. This is not a loving relationship because ambition takes over the loving side of it and both characters become isolated and lonely having to deal with their guilt by themselves regretting their actions, which in the end destroys them both. Macbeth would appeal to a dramatic audience expecting it to end in tragedy. ...read more.

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