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Trace the course of the decline in the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, giving reasons for the changes in their relationship

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James Carr 10ii Macbeth Essay 'Trace the course of the decline in the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, giving reasons for the changes in their relationship.' Introduction The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth declines for quite a few reasons, firstly Macbeth's ambition and Lady Macbeth's first manipulation to kill Duncan. Once Duncan had been killed it created a cycle of chaos for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and brought them to insanity. It was not just Lady Macbeth that had an influence on this, however, the witches played a big part in showing Macbeth what he could achieve, this gave him evil ideas that would lead him to the murder of Duncan and, eventually, his insanity. First impressions of Macbeth from the characters in Act 1 were like he was a hero. The captain called him 'Valour's minion' or bravery's favourite, the Captain, Ross and Duncan in this scene show great respect towards Macbeth in this scene. Macbeth is weary to believe the witches with their prediction but is inquisitive to hear what else they have to say, as shown by line 68 on page 13: "Stay, you imperfect speakers. ...read more.

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This shows how much Lady Macbeth understands Macbeth's character and how she has to push him to achieve his goals. In act 2 scene 3, on the discovery of Duncan's dead body there is much panic at Macbeth's castle and Macbeth acts as innocent as he can to prevent suspicion. Macbeth expresses his love for the king to do so. Lady Macbeth aids her husband by fainting to draw attention away from Macbeth, this shows great teamwork and loyalty for each other. On page 75, when Macbeth is king, you can see a change in the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. On Line 3-4 Lady Macbeth says "Say to the king, I would attend his leisure for a few words", which is basically showing Lady Macbeth asking to see her husband. This indicates to me that the king does not consider his wife as close or important to him as he did at the beginning of the play. Also on page 75 Macbeth's speech about scorching the snake demonstrates Macbeth's fear and guilt of the murder. He explains how he thinks it would be better to be dead than to have the nightmares he shares with his wife and the regret of his murder. ...read more.

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The Gentlewoman in that scene explains to the doctor how Lady Macbeth is constantly washing her hands, this ritual that she performs is a metaphor for her guilt - washing Duncan's blood off her hands. When Macbeth discovers the death of his wife in act 5 scene 5 he does not show any sympathy or emotion towards her. The third apparition told Macbeth 'Fear not, till Birnam Wood do come to Dunsinane' and it was coming. So Macbeth is, however, quite annoyed with Lady Macbeth, having chosen such a bad time to die - 'She should have died hereafter'. Conclusion I believe the main reason for the decline of Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's relationship was the fact that Macbeth was over occupied with too many other things whilst he was king to actually care about the well being of his wife. Act 5 scene 5 is a prime example, where Macbeth is too afraid of the witches predictions coming true to care about the death of Lady Macbeth. I think Macbeth has too weak a mind to be king by such evil crimes and maintain a steady relationship at the same time. He loses his mind and his wife because of his ambition and weak mind. ...read more.

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