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Show how the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth changes and deteriorates in the play Macbeth.

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Show how the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth changes and deteriorates in the play Macbeth. The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth changes throughout the play, Macbeth. In the beginning Lady Macbeth is the stronger, more dynamic character she pushes her husband. The pair trust each other, tell each other everything and care for each other deeply. At the end of the play Macbeth has control and Lady Macbeth has gone mad. In the end the trust has gone from their relationship and Macbeth doesn't grieve at all for his dead wife. We first meet Macbeth in act one, scene three. Before that, in act one, scene one, we are introduced to the witches, who are, in the end, the root of everything Macbeth does. They tell us they intend to meet Macbeth, and they set the scene for all the supernatural events that occur in the play. We are introduced to Macbeth's character in act one, scene two when we find out that he is a good warrior and very patriotic. We find out that because of his success in battle he is going to be awarded the title 'thane of Cawdor' In act one, scene three Banquo and Macbeth meet the witches. They are returning from battle and so haven't heard of Macbeth's good fortune. The witches hail Macbeth with three prophecies. They call him thane of Glamis, which he already knows he is, then thane of Cawdor and King thereafter. They also tell Banquo that his children will be kings. Whilst Macbeth and Banquo are still in shock, Ross and Angus arrive to break the news to Macbeth. ...read more.

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carrying the weapons, but Lady Macbeth turns it around by taking the weapons, planting them with the guards and cleans Macbeth up. She doesn't do anything to help his mental situation, which shows that she is as deeply affected as he is. All of this creates an air of great tension between the two characters which never really gets resolved and that helps lead to the deterioration of their relationship. In act two, scene three the porter starts off the scene to provide some light relief. He answers the door for Macduff and Lennox, who ask why he took so long to answer the door. He replies that the "carousing" or partying went on late into the night. The tension starts to build again as Macbeth arrives on the scene and we wait for the murder to be discovered. Macduff and Lennox mention some unusual things that have happened in the night such as earthquakes and thunderstorms. This is to show that the natural order has been disrupted; in Shakespeare's time they believed that God appointed the king and any disorder in the monarchy was reflected by disturbances in the natural world. Lady Macbeth supports her husband in this scene by pretending to faint in order to distract attention from her husband, who has just killed the guards who he planted the murder on. The crowd become increasingly suspicious of Macbeth when they find out what he has done out of what he claims is grief. When Macbeth is asked why he says "The expedition of my violent love outran the pauser; reason" meaning that his love for Duncan made him do it before reason set in However, when Lady Macbeth faints they postpone discussing this with the result that it is never really brought up again. ...read more.

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This is the last time we see Lady Macbeth alive. The murder has obviously affected her more deeply that she first let on. At first she was the one comforting Macbeth but now she is the one needing comfort and unable to get it as her husband is in battle. She has stored up in her mind all the things she used to comfort Macbeth and uses them to try and comfort herself but they don't work. In act five, scene five Macbeth comments on his invincibility by saying, "I have almost forgotten the taste of fears." When Seyton comes in to tell him his wife is dead, Macbeth doesn't grieve saying, "She would of died hereafter," basically saying she would of died sometime so there is no point grieving as life is meaningless. He brushes it off as his wife once did the murder of Duncan, showing the switch in roles. In act five, scenes six and seven we see Macbeth being killed and the rightful king, Malcolm, being restored. The relationship changed in the end by an almost complete reversal of role. Originally Lady Macbeth was the one who brushed off murder, decided what they needed to do and supported her husband while he did them and made sure he didn't blow their cover. In the end she goes mad because of being unable to forget what has happened and commits suicide. Macbeth who was once deeply affected by Duncans murder then brushes aside the news of his wife's death in the same way his wife brushed aside the death of Duncan. He treats everything calmly as he feels strengthened by the witches' prophecies but in the end they came true and he got what he deserved. Katherine Pengelly English Coursework Page 1 ...read more.

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