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Macbeth

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English Coursework- Macbeth (A) At the start of the play, the Macbeth's are both united in their lust for power and they both work extremely hard to reach their goal- kingship. They are also both completely honest with each. However, when they do reach their goal, they start to feel guilty and they slowly drift apart. This mainly starts when Macbeth plans to kill Banquo and he doesn't tell Lady Macbeth. In the end, they both end up isolated, and die alone. In my essay, I will be looking at certain scenes which show evidence of the breakdown of the Macbeth relationship. I will be investigating the Macbeth relationship at the beginning of the play and how the Macbeth's slowly drift apart until they are no longer together. In Act 1 Scene 7, Macbeth starts to have doubts about killing King Duncan and whether he should go ahead with the murder. ...read more.

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Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are now King and Queen. After they have been crowned King and Queen, Macbeth's attitude towards Lady Macbeth changes. In Acts 1 and 2, she would be in charge and she would be the one telling Macbeth what to do. Now, in Act 3, he tells her what to do and is in charge for most things. In Act 3 Scene 1, Macbeth expresses his fears about Banquo. He knows that Banquo is a good person, yet he still knows that if the witches' prophecy came true for him, it's possible it will come true for Banquo (the prophecy was that Banquo will become the father of kings, yet he will never become King himself). As he fears this to come true, Macbeth plans Banquo's and Fleance's murder. However, this time, he doesn't let Lady Macbeth know. In Act 3 Scene 2, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are quite confused about all the secrets. ...read more.

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At this stage of the play, the Macbeth relationship is so bad; Lady Macbeth is unable to talk to her husband about the guilt which torments her. While she is sleepwalking, she tries to rub off non-existent spots of blood from her hands. "Out, damned spot! Out, I say!" - Lady Macbeth, Act 5 Scene 1, line 31 In Act 5 Scene 5, it is also obvious that the Macbeth's are not together, because when Macbeth hears of Lady Macbeth's death, he feels no emotion. Normally, when someone hears of the death of a close relative, they would burst out into tears. However, Macbeth does not act like this. "She should have died hereafter." - Lady Macbeth, Act 5 Scene 5, line 16 This shows that Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have drifted so far apart that they have stopped caring about one another (or in this case, Macbeth has stopped caring about Lady Macbeth). They are so stressed about hiding their crime, that they seem to have stopped caring about their relationship and each other. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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