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When this scene opens the relationship between Macbeth and his wife is strained. Though there is a strong relationship between them, the wife's manipulative and dominant role is beginning to take its toll on Macbeth. Even though Macbeth loves being part of King Duncan's kingdom, he will do what his wife insists and kill King Duncan, when he stays at Macbeth's castle for the night. Lady Macbeth may seem to be the stronger partner at the beginning of the scene but her courage depletes towards the end of it. She begins to doubt her intentions and to question her initial, strong beliefs. She is portrayed as being most confident when she was introduced at the start of the play, but as time goes on she proves to be less invincible than she thought. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth tells her husband, "My hands are of your colour, but I shame To wear a heart so white." She describes her heart as being white meaning a bloodless heart. The themes and imagery Shakespeare uses in his writing would make an audience watching the play for the first time think that Macbeth is a weak personality and slightly deranged as he hallucinates about the blood on his hands never washing off. Lady Macbeth recommends Macbeth to, "Go get some water And wash this filthy witness from his hand." In order to wipe away any evidence of the murder. Macbeth replies, "Ha: they pluck out mine eyes. Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? ...read more.


I notice also how Macbeth and his wife respond funnily to every noise in this scene, again showing signs of suspicion. For example when the owl shrieked and the crickets cried they looked upon this as an omen for it has been believed by the Elizabethans that the chirping of crickets was a sign of heralding death. This was significant in Shakespeare's time as he placed a lot of significance on such prophecies. It is also interesting how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth help each other out when they are in need. At this stage Macbeth seems to be going mad - he describes his hands as of a 'hangman,' and he feels that he will be caught and discovered for the deadly deed he has done in killing Duncan. Stephen Walsh 11K ...read more.

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