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Relationship Between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play

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Relationship Between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play

The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth changes throughout

the play, Macbeth. In the beginning Lady Macbeth is the stronger, more

dynamic character she pushes her husband. The pair trust each other,

tell each other everything and care for each other deeply. At the end

of the play Macbeth has control and Lady Macbeth has gone mad. In the

end the trust has gone from their relationship and Macbeth doesn't

grieve at all for his dead wife.

We first meet Macbeth in act one, scene three. Before that, in act

one, scene one, we are introduced to the witches, who are, in the end,

the root of everything Macbeth does. They tell us they intend to meet

Macbeth, and they set the scene for all the supernatural events that

occur in the play. We are introduced to Macbeth's character in act

one, scene two when we find out that he is a good warrior and very

patriotic. We find out that because of his success in battle he is

going to be awarded the title 'thane of Cawdor'

In act one, scene three Banquo and Macbeth meet the witches. They are

returning from battle and so haven't heard of Macbeth's good fortune.

The witches hail Macbeth with three prophecies. They call him thane of

Glamis, which he already knows he is, then thane of Cawdor and King

thereafter. They also tell Banquo that his children will be kings.

Whilst Macbeth and Banquo are still in shock, Ross and Angus arrive to

break the news to Macbeth. Macbeth is stunned and says, "Two truths

are told as happy prologues to the swelling act of the imperial theme"

He is wondering if the witches other prophesy can c...

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... once did the murder of Duncan, showing the

switch in roles.

In act five, scenes six and seven we see Macbeth being killed and the

rightful king, Malcolm, being restored.

The relationship changed in the end by an almost complete reversal of

role. Originally Lady Macbeth was the one who brushed off murder,

decided what they needed to do and supported her husband while he did

them and made sure he didn't blow their cover. In the end she goes mad

because of being unable to forget what has happened and commits

suicide. Macbeth who was once deeply affected by Duncans murder then

brushes aside the news of his wife's death in the same way his wife

brushed aside the death of Duncan. He treats everything calmly as he

feels strengthened by the witches' prophecies but in the end they came

true and he got what he deserved.
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