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

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English Coursework 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 trusts 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. ...read more.

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They tell each other everything. Lady Macbeth then starts to talk to herself about her husband. She worries about him, she says "Yet do I fear thy nature; It is to full o' the milk of human kindness" meaning she doesn't think that he is ruthless enough to get what she thinks he deserves. She decides to be too strong for Macbeth. She wants to be something she isn't and she rejects good and heaven. She also wants to get rid of her femininity, "Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts! Unsex me here." She wants to be made insensitive so her conscience won't interfere with her plans. When Macbeth enters she praises him with "Great Glamis! Worthy Cawdor! "Greater than both, by the all hail hereafter" Macbeth refuses to be swayed and sticks to his point, he tells his wife that Duncan is coming to stay tonight. Lady Macbeth then asks when Duncan intends to leave. When Macbeth says tomorrow, Lady Macbeth replies "O never shall sun that morrow see!" ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth then enters and asks what he is doing out here and why he isn't tending to his guests. He wonders if Duncan has asked for him and she replies of course, don't you know. Macbeth then tries to act strong and tough, like the warrior he is. He says, "We will proceed no further in this business." Lady Macbeth then taunts him with things like "Art thou afeard to be the same in thine own act and valour as thou desire?" and "When you durst do it, then you were a man." She also blames Macbeth for giving her the idea. Lady Macbeth has the upper hand in the relationship at the moment because she knows how to crush Macbeth's act of trying to be strong and stand up for himself. She knows that by insulting his manhood she will get him to do what she wants and then she reassures him and gives him a plan so he knows that everything will be all right. The scene then ends with Macbeth seeming happy to do the deed. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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