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The Relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

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Introduction

The Relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Throughout the play of "Macbeth" written by William Shakespeare there is a good on-going relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. This relationship is one of the functions of the play that creates most of the reactions, moods, feelings and attitudes. In Macbeth's relationship with his wife, things weren't always in good form. This is shown in one of there conversations; MACBETH: "We will proceed no further in this business: He hath honour'd me of late; and I have bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people, Which would be worn now in their newest gloss, Not cast aside so soon."(Macbeth,I,vii, ) LADY MACBETH. "Was the hope drunk wherein you dress'd yourself? hath it slept since? And wakes it now, to look so green and pale at what it did so freely? From this time such I account thy love. Art thou afeard To be the same in thine own act and valor As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem; Letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would," Like the poor cat i' the adage?"(Macbeth,I,vii, ) In this little conversation we see that there is a disagreement that continues through the entire scene. Macbeth decides that he does not want to murder Duncan and that is final, and that the discussion is over. ...read more.

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They talk of having their guests to the feast and the mingling, that will take place with there society of Scotland. This shows that the relationship has taking a turn to the best but at the same time to the worst. Both, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, have cleared themselves of guilt from the killing of Duncan and have portrayed that they are pure evil wrapped in a loving exterior. This is a symbol of the step towards darkness that they are both taking and that they are both taking without stopping. The turn to good is that they are happy and are agreeable again. Now, the audience fears is a horrific sight that will slowly lead them down to darkness. So while they are good, then it seems that all of this evil will turn around. Their relationship is changed again later in the scene when Macbeth experiences a tale of woe and already it seems the evil has come back to haunt him. Again in Act III Scene iv Macbeth is visited by the ghost of Banquo which does not visit Lady Macbeth. This creates a sense of discomfort and urgency which is shown by Lady Macbeth; LADY MACBETH. "Sit, worthy friends:--my lord is often thus, And hath been from his youth: pray you, keep seat; The fit is momentary; upon a thought He will again be well: if much you note him, You shall offend him, and extend his passion: Feed, and regard him not.--Are you a man?" ...read more.

Conclusion

(Macbeth,V,iii, ) MACBETH. "Cure her of that: Canst thou not minister to a mind diseas'd; Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow; Raze out the written troubles of the brain; And with some sweet oblivious antidote Cleanse the stuff'd bosom of that perilous stuff Which weighs upon the heart?" (Macbeth,V,iii, ) This shows that Macbeth is so overpowered by greed that not even his demon infested wife cannot take his eyes away from his ambitions. Macbeth just tells the doctor to cure her and that is all. He doesn't talk to her and think much of her. Mean while she commits suicide. But the evil in Macbeth has greaten such a smog that it is barely even noticeable to him that the woman he once loved so dearly, is now gone. This portrays how deep Macbeth has actually gone down the staircase of evil. The function of this foreshadows the collapsing of an empire. Not only has Macbeth have soldiers leave him but now his most loyal and trusted companion has also now abandoned him, he should feel alone and ashamed but he is so clouded by evil that he still carries on and feels that he can rule Scotland and everything that gets in his way. But happened to Macbeth in the end? This really leaves you mind thinking and wondering whether or not this relationship was for love or to fulfil ambition. I believe that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth loved each other so much that they tried too hard to please each other and not disagree, that they forgot what exactly they were doing. ...read more.

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