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The relationship between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth changes in many ways throughout the play. The first time Macbeth's character is mentioned in detail, apart

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Zayn Mushtaq English coursework The relationship between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth changes in many ways throughout the play. The first time Macbeth's character is mentioned in detail, apart from the first scene with the witches where he was very briefly introduced, is in Act 1 Scene2. In this scene we are told about Macbeth's heroic side as he battled his way to victory for the Scots against the Norwegians. We are told by the Captain of the Scottish army about Macbeth's actions in the battle. The Captain says "With his brandished steel which smokes bloody execution." This piece of imagery really gives us an idea about how ruthless and fearless Macbeth. It is really important to know how Macbeth's character is at the start of the play as from when he meets with the witches, his character changes dramatically. In Act 1 Scene 3 Macbeth and Banquo, Macbeth's best friend who fought side by side with him in the battle, are seen by three witches. This undoubtedly is the turning point of Macbeth's character. Here we find out Macbeth's and Banquo's future. We are told about Macbeth's future that he is to become Thane of Cawdor and later King. We are also told about Banquo's that his children are to be King but not Banquo himself. For the first time in the ply not only do we go into the mind of Macbeth through his first soliloquy. ...read more.

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One of the main ways is by Macbeth not actually using the word killing but using the word "It". For instance Macbeth says "if it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly." We can see here how Macbeth uses the word "It" for killing. This gives us a real indication of fear, that he is not even able to use the actual word. Macbeth also uses the word "Deed" instead again for murder, but when Macbeth assures himself that he will not kill the king he starts to use the words "Murder" and the king's name, Duncan. When Macbeth goes to confront Lady Macbeth and tells her he has changed his mind about the killing of the Duncan, we see the power she was asking for, she now has strength and she is showing us that she is a less of a coward than Macbeth. Lady Macbeth then persuades Macbeth back to killing Macbeth and they then form a partnership. At this point the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is closer then ever before in the play. Just as Lady Macbeth wins over Macbeth and his on killing the King, Macbeth start to hallucinate and his mind starts to fill up with evil images. In another major soliloquy he talks about seeing a dagger pointing towards King Duncan's room. ...read more.

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She also goes on to say to the Doctor "To seem thus washing her hands; I have known her continue in this a quarter of an hour." This would suggest that she is trying to wash of the blood that came from Duncan. This again suggests fear as she thinks she has his blood on her hand and what ever she does it will not come off. This gives us an image that the thought of Duncan's blood is engraved into her mind. Lady Macbeth goes onto finish her night of sleep walking with "Wash your hands, put on your night-gown, look not so pale. I tell you again, Banquo's buried; he cannot come out on's grave." This is one of the most interesting pieces of soliloquy used in the whole of this scene. This is because Lady Macbeth says "Wash your hands, put on your night-gown, look not so pale." This was also said to Macbeth after the killing of Duncan. She was telling him to wash his hands free of blood and to get some sleep and not to look so scared, however now she saying it to herself. Also she said "I tell you again, Banquo's buried; he cannot come out on's grave." This was said at the banquet again to Macbeth from Lady Macbeth reassuring him that Banquo cannot hurt him, however once again Lady Macbeth is trying to convince herself that he is dead. This the last time we see Lady Macbeth in the play and undoubtedly the end of the Macbeth reign. ...read more.

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