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"This dead butcher and his fiend-like queen" Trace the change in the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth throughout the course of the play.

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"This dead butcher and his fiend-like queen" Trace the change in the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth throughout the course of the play. In doing this, you should examine carefully and comment on the language used by both characters, and by other characters in speaking about the pair. In this coursework I will be studying the change in relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. At the time in which this play is based, a typical marriage would have been a male dominated relationship, while the woman's role would be to bear children and raise them. A good example of this type of family is Macduff's. Lady Macduff stays at home looking after their children while Macduff goes off, for example, to war. He even flees the country without informing her which shows that they live basically separate lives. Lady Macduff at this time calls him a coward and a traitor revealing that he had not even confided in her his views of Macbeth and Macbaeth's treachery, either not trusting her or does not see her as important enough to be told of such things. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are an anamoly because they have no children and, in the beginning of the play, are close to each other; he writes to her and is joyfull when he is reunited with her after being at war. ...read more.

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Come let me clutch thee..." It is debatable whether he imagines this dagger is before him or whether it is dark magic by the witches. After he has "done the deed" Macbeth is in severe shock and deeply regrets doing it. Although Lady Macbeth takes control of the situation when she finds that Macbeth did not have the wit to plant the daggers on the guards, she shows weakness with the line: "had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done 't." We now see that after all her boasting, her humanity took over and this leads to her downfall - her inability to murder Duncan is the first time that we see her human feeling is more powerful than her naked ambition. However, she is impatient with Macbeth and decides to go back and plant the daggers herself. She shows more sensitivity when she consoles Macbeth: "Consider it not so deeply." Macbeth has now changed from a noble soldier to a treacherous murderer. At the start of ActIII, banquo who was present at the time of the witches' predictions, is the first person we see to suspect macbeth of murdering Duncan: "Thou hast it now, King, cawdor, Glamis, all, As the wierd women promised; and, I fear, Thou playedst most foully for 't." Macbeth acts very friendly towards Banquo when the other thanes are around so that they will not suspect him to be behind Banquo's murder. ...read more.

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and fled the country when his wife didn't know anything was wrong. Macduff goes to Malcolm in England to get military assistance to lead a revolt against Macbeth. He gets support and they plan to start marching to Dunsinane. Everyone now realises Macbeth's Treachery and are enraged when he attacks Macduff's defenceless castle. Lady Macbeth does not appear in ActIV. We can only presume that she is becoming increasingly insane all the time. Lady Macbeth is insane. She, according to the gentlewoman, sleepwalks and sleeptalks regularly. Her guilt because of the part she played in the murder of Duncan has been concealed inside her because of her separation from Macbeth. She had no-one to talk to about her troubles so her secrets come out when she doesn't realise it: "Here's the smell of blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia could not sweeten this little hand." This exageration tells us of the immensity of her guilt. In the middle of the battle preparations, Macbeth is informed of the wife's death. He seems to be affected little. He briefly reflects on life: "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow..." He continues with the battle until his show down with Macduff. He dies arrogantly but in an odd way heroicly because he knows there is no hope but keeps battling on. In the short time the Macbeths occupied the Throne, a lot happened and in this work, I saw their changes in personality and actions throughout the play. ...read more.

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