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Relationship between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth before and after the death of King Duncan

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Introduction

Relationship between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth before and after the death of King Duncan In Act two scene two we see the killing of King Duncan by his 'noble thane' Macbeth and his cunning wife Lady Macbeth. This is a crucial scene. It begins with Lady Macbeth who has drugged Duncan's servants and now, nervous and afraid, she awaits the completion of the murder and the return of her husband. Macbeth enters and says, "Macbeth does murder sleep, the innocent sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care." Macbeth has killed King Duncan in a state of sleep, in essence he has killed Duncan when he was at his most innocent, a peace we can all relate to, which makes his deeds even more ruthless and harder to shoulder. In the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth shows us that she is supportive to Macbeth. ...read more.

Middle

Lady Macbeth begins to manipulate Macbeth and challenges his feelings of guilt and pity over the death of Duncan. "Look like th' innocent flower, but be the serpent under't." Lady Macbeth is encouraging Macbeth to be deceitful and she is also trying to fill him with spiteful feelings When the murder has been committed, I believe Macbeth realises what he is doing is wrong, but the temptation is too strong. He deliberately chooses the road of evil. We start to see his conscious and unconscious mind battling with each other which leads to his spiral conflict with madness. After the death of Duncan we also see the tables turning. We see Lady Macbeth suffering from remorse and has now got a guilty conscience, however Macbeth becomes more bloodthirsty and starts to alienate himself and his deeds from Lady Macbeth. In Act two scene three Macbeth and Lady Macbeth discuss the murder of King Duncan. ...read more.

Conclusion

Out I Say." Lady Macbeth is now sleepwalking and is speaking to herself. She can see blood and tries to wash it off but nothing will make the blood disappear. I believe the blood represents the guilt she feels because of the realisation of her plot to kill King Duncan. She is now reduced to being afraid of the dark and gradually spirals into suicide. At the end of the play Macbeth has changed from the 'noble Macbeth' he was at the start to the 'evil Macbeth' hated by everyone. Macbeth contains himself into his dark world and his own battle between his conscious and unconscious. The battle ends with his death at the hands of Macduff. It can be said that this could have been Macbeth's unconscious desire in order to end his torment. So to conclude, I believe they have committed the crime and evil deeds together and share the same sins and guilt over the death of King Duncan. One hates the other as much as they hate themselves and this pulls them apart, and guilt has now driven them to death. ...read more.

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