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Relationship of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

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Relationship of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth From the beginning of Shakespeare's Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is viewed as very controlling, strong, and certain; saying that Macbeth 'Shalt be what thou art promised'. This illustrates Lady Macbeth's position in the relationship, she is ordering Macbeth to become what the witches have foreseen, not questioning whether he will achieve it, or even not try. We see just how powerful Lady Macbeth is, if she can command her husband to murder the king of Scotland. Her power is also shown in the way she taunts Macbeth, saying he is 'too full of the milk of human kindness'. This shows how cold Lady Macbeth is, as milk is the food of new born children, she is implying Macbeth is too much like a kind child to murder anyone, which is another method used to spur Macbeth on into killing his king. Her coldness and control is again shown when she begins to plot Duncan's murder with Macbeth, she says he should 'look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it', more advice for the killing of his king, and 'leave the rest to me' shows her cool control over the matter. ...read more.


But we see when Macbeth cries out 'O, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife' shows how despite Lady Macbeth's best efforts to make Macbeth forget his evil deeds, he cannot let go, and so Lady Macbeth's power over him continues to wane, as she is losing the ability to control him. This appears to be a turning point of sorts, and Macbeth now begins to take the matter of murder into his own hands, as he says he is going to perform a 'deed of dreadful note. He seems to be in the driving seat, telling her she should be 'innocent' of the act, which echoes Lady Macbeth's 'innocent' flower quote earlier, showing how their roles have swapped and the relationship has flipped. We see now that Macbeth has the power over Lady Macbeth, 'tomorrow... / ... I will to the weird sisters', implying that Macbeth has started to make decisions for himself, instead of Lady Macbeth organizing everything for him. Macbeth also begins to make revelations for himself, saying 'I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more returning were as tedious as to go over'. ...read more.


It is a tale told by and idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing'. This shows a man who has looked back on his life and seen that he has achieved nothing. For Macbeth, this is particularly prominent, as he has made the sacrifice of his inner peace due to what boils down to his and his wife's ambition. However in this speech, he recognizes that his actions were futile, as no matter how hard one 'struts and frets' in life, it is 'but a walking shadow' and 'signifying nothing', and Macbeth has thrown away 'his hour', as his life or his play was 'full of sound and fury'. However, we must ask whether it is this futility in life discovered by Macbeth, or the fact that their relationship has been deteriorating that Macbeth almost shrugs off his wife's death? Perhaps it is Lady Macbeth's cold-hearted ways that have taught Macbeth not to care. By the end of the play, we see how their relationship has deteriorated to such a state that Macbeth no longer cares if she is alive or not, where as before he had trouble with Duncan's death, someone far less close to him than his own wife. ...read more.

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