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Trace development in the character of Lady Macbeth. How does the relationship with Macbeth change during the play?

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?? Macbeth Essay Question: Trace development in the character of Lady Macbeth. How does the relationship with Macbeth change during the play? In Act 1 Scene 5 Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are very close he addresses her in the letter as, 'my dearest partner of greatness' Lady Macbeth is keen to see Macbeth to discuss the murder with him, but fears he is, 'too full of' the milk of human kindness'. This proves how well she understands her husband. She respects him by calling him, 'Great Glamis! Worthy Cawdor!' Macbeth was perhaps thinking about murder when he wrote the letter, because if he did not think the witches' prophecies would account to anything he would not have consulted Lady Macbeth, he also did not want her to, 'lose the dues of rejoicing' which shows they share everything together, including their ambitions hopes and dreams. Macbeth also shows a great deal of trust towards his wife as a letter that implies plotting the death of a king, would result in treason which is punishable by death, this shows Macbeth would trust Lady Macbeth with his life. Macbeth is introduced as a worthy noble gallant soldier, rewarded for fighting bravely on the King's behalf, whilst Lady Macbeth in her soliloquy asks for evil spirits to, 'unsex' her and fill her, 'top-full of direst cruelty'. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth is being brave and practical, and tells him, 'go get some water and wash this filthy witness from your hand.' When Duncan's murder is committed, the audience hears 'the owl scream and the crickets cry' and know that nature's cycle of order collapses consequentially. A supernatural atmosphere is brought back from the scenes with the witches, and tension builds, as the audience wait to see if the Macbeths are caught. Lady Macbeth knows that, 'These deeds must not be thought...so it will make us mad.' The irony here is that Lady Macbeth's thoughts are filled with the murder and it eventually forces here to become insane. Macbeth hears voices saying that he will, 'sleep no more'. When more murders are committed, Macbeth starts to hide things from his wife, he orders the death of Banquo, his best friend, without telling her, this marks the point of deterioration in their relationship, their trust and loyalty has gone. It seems as if Macbeth would do anything to keep the crown, including becoming a greed driven, secluded, person. When Lady Macbeth asks her husband, 'Why do you keep alone?' she seems concerned for her husband as his guilt is making him withdrawn, another interpretation could be that Lady Macbeth may also be feeling isolated, and wishes to be in control of their relationship again. ...read more.


Macbeth's character degenerates at the same pace as his relationship to Lady Macbeth, perhaps because his character is linked to and depends on their relationship as Lady Macbeth makes up a part of him, which is why when Lady Macbeth dies, a part of Macbeth dies with her. Macbeth somewhat unwillingly kills Duncan for personal gain; then he has to kill Banquo, his closest friend, to maintain that position, showing how important kingship has become to him. By the time he faces Macduff he is a very desperate and dangerous man, quite different from the character we thought we knew at the beginning. Macduff is his bringer of destiny, as he takes revenge for his wife and children's murders and kills Macbeth. There can be no doubt that their love remains strong throughout the entire play, perhaps it could be said the love between the two was so strong Lady Macbeth's breakdown is caused by her concern for her husband, and his personality collapse than any regrets about the murder. When she dies he is totally alone and that is when he meets his final tragedy. Macbeth feels sure he will never attain peace - either in this world or in the next, for he has murdered, now his sleep will be forever disturbed. ?? ?? ?? ?? Zahra Hassan ...read more.

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