How Does Shakespeare Present the Relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

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How does Shakespeare present the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?

Lord and Lady Macbeth are presented as two noble Scots, loyal to the king and in the position of power and authority. However the witches are introduced at the beginning of the play, which tells you very early on that Macbeth is going to turn evil. Shakespeare is presenting a relationship that is highly overpowered by the evil of the witches.

Macbeth is first mentioned by the witches, but then properly introduced by the Captain when he is describing Macbeth as brave. “But all’s too weak, for brave Macbeth.” This shows that the Captain is impressed by Macbeth’s fighting skills, which makes the audience expect honour from him and his wife.

When Macbeth first meets the witches, (in Act1 Sc3) he seems very arrogant and refers to the witches as “it” and calls them “imperfect speakers.” The witches then tell Macbeth that he is going to be Thane of Cawdor and “king hereafter.” Macbeth shows excitement and fear at what the witches have said, “say from whence you owe this strange intelligence, or why upon this blasted heath you stop our way with such prophetic greeting? Speak I charge you.”

Macbeth uses imperative language, this shows that he is very impatient to get an answer from the witches, which he then writes in a letter to Lady Macbeth. This tells us that Lady Macbeth is in control of the relationship from the start of the play as Macbeth feel like he has to tell her what’s happened.

In Act1 Sc7 Lady Macbeth tries to persuade Macbeth to kill Duncan so that he will fulfil the witch’s prophecy and become king. She does this by saying to Macbeth “and live a coward in thine own esteem.” Macbeth quickly gives in to her, this shows, how very much in control Lady Macbeth is, in this relationship as it does not take much persuading for Macbeth to give in.

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In Act2 Sc1, after murdering Duncan, Macbeth says “this is a sorry sight,” this is where Lady Macbeth, again shows her authority over Macbeth. “A foolish thing to say a sorry sight.” This shows that she is very unfeeling as she thinks that its “foolish” for Macbeth to feel guilty at the murder he committed. She instructs him to not think “so deeply” saying that thinking of his actions “will make us mad” and “unbend your noble strength.” This is where we see a more vulnerable side to Lady Macbeth, as she begins to feel weak with guilt almost ...

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