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The Changing Relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

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Macbeth Essay In 1606, Shakespeare wrote a famous play called "Macbeth" in which it is still talked about today for its controversial ways. Macbeth and lady Macbeth's relationship deteriorated as the play progressed. During this essay, I intend to discuss the changing relationship between Macbeth and lady Macbeth as the play progresses. This Play is set in Scotland, it was written for James who was supposedly interested in witchcraft, which encouraged Shakespeare into introducing it into the story. The play emphasises greed and ambition and how it can often cooperate an overpowering role in people's lives. The returning of Macbeth and Banquo opens the play after winning the battle with the Norwegians when the witches stop him and tell him three significant prophecies, which indulge him into being proud and ambitious, which drives him to kill the current King. One of the witches predictions is that he will become king hereafter, this makes him ambitious. This drives him to write a letter to his wife lady Macbeth. This is also the first time Macbeth and lady Macbeth contact each other in the play. ...read more.


Macbeth goes into the room with the two daggers in his hands, lady Macbeth is enquiring why Macbeth has still got the daggers in his hands, lady Macbeth shows her control by taking the daggers off Macbeth and doing something with them. Here we are seeing the power lady Macbeth has over Macbeth. She is very angry at the fact that Macbeth still has the daggers with blood on them. Lady Macbeth dominates Macbeth, telling him what to do; she takes the daggers off him and places them on the guards who have been killed by Macbeth also. Macbeth is being controlled by his wife and shows no objections to being dominated in the relationship. Lady Macbeth is shocked that Macbeth has killed Duncan because she thought that he did not have the willpower. Lady Macbeth's mind is troubled and at this point, we start to see her breakdown. Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to wash his hands and this will clear him of the deed. "Macbeth shall sleep no more" this shows that Macbeth is worried whether the deed he did was a good thing or not. ...read more.


When Macbeth goes back to lady Macbeth, he tells her that birnam wood shall come to the castle when he went to the witches he was also told that "for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth" he tells lady Macbeth this but she has started the real breakdown of herself. Macbeth calls a doctor because of the mental state of lady Macbeth. This is a big contrast to at the start of the play when lady Macbeth was dominating the couple. Now Macbeth is dominating because he is now controlling the couple. This now is the last time we see the couple together on stage. Now the relationship is next to nothing because we do not again see them communicate on stage. Macbeth say's to the doctor "how does your patient, doctor?" which emphasises that Macbeth does not want anything to do with lady Macbeth. Now the relationship is rock bottom. She dies soon after this. He also breaks down now and eventually dies. The text "Macbeth" written by William Shakespeare is written on how the most famous relationship ends up destroyed because of greed and ambition. I have charted the relationship through the play and how it deteriorates as the play progresses. ...read more.

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