Lady Macbeth showed that she was supportive to Macbeth by encouraging him to kill Duncan in order to clear all obstacles that would get in the way of the third witches prophecy “All hail, Macbeth, that s... ... middle of paper ... ...lood off her hands after recalling the murder of Duncan. “What, will these hands never be clean” (Shakespeare 5.1.37)? In fact, Lady Macbeth’s madness shows that Macbeth didn’t know her as well as he thought. She completely fell apart. Their relationship faces serious obstacles and strains are put on their loyalties to one another.
The guilt from murdering Duncan torments and disintegrates Lady Macbeth, making Macbeth the stronger of the two. Eventually Macbeth becomes so unattached from his wife that her failing mental health, or even her death, fails to rekindle his affections for her. Our initial glimpse of Macbeth and Lady Macbeths’ relationship, through Macbeth’s letter in Act 1 Scene 5, not only reveals that they have an affectionate relationship, but more significantly that they have an equal relationship with complete trust in each other. In his letter, Macbeth describes Lady Macbeth as his ‘dearest partner of greatness’. Referring to her as his ‘dearest’ shows his love and desire for her and the word ‘partner’ expresses his respect for her- at this stage she is his greatest confidant.
In William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, Lady Macbeth is responsible for the death of King Duncan. Although other characters did contribute to the downfall of the king, such as the three witches and Macbeth himself, Lady Macbeth’s role in his murder is the most prominent and influential. Upon first reading her husband’s letter, Lady Macbeth instantly believes that the way to achieve the crown is to kill King Duncan. The three witches in the play, who play an important role in the King’s downfall, are not as responsible as Lady Macbeth, as they never claim outright that any foul play must occur in order for their prophecies to come true. Furthermore, Macbeth himself, although clearly playing a pivotal role in the fatal act, is not entirely convinced that he should murder in order to become king and is therefore not nearly as responsible as his wife.
Before this, it was a bit like reading a horoscope: entertaining, but not realistic. However, after Macbeth becomes the Thane of Cawdor the prophecy is ... ... middle of paper ... ...ped the dagger, the force of the blow was not his alone. Macbeth was influenced by both the three weird sisters and also his wife, Lady Macbeth. The prophecy, once glimmering with the promise of a better life, was soon a dull weight pressing down upon Macbeth and those he knew. Lady Macbeth could not stand the burden and committed suicide shortly after the murder.
Because of his ambitious nature, he will fall to his tragic death. When Macbeth and Banquo return from their triumphant battle, they encounter the three witches at the moor. They prophesize how he will become the Thane of Glamis, the Thane of Cawdor, and eventually the king of Scotland. Soon after, Ross, a Scottish noble, tells Macbeth that he has become Thane of Cawdor. Once Macbeth knows that he will eventually become king, he steps aside and contemplates if he should kill Duncan, the king.
After the first part of the witches' prophecy comes true, early in the play, he begins to think the subsequent part may also come true. Encouraged after continuous unrest from his wife, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth murders King Duncan, while he is a guest in his castle. Macbeth then seizes the throne of Scotland. But Macbeth has no peace. Duncan's sons, Malcom and Donalbain, have escaped to England, where they seek support against Macbeth.
How the Relationship Between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Changes and Develops During the Course of the Play The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth alters throughout the play. At the beginning of the play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were very close and loving. Lady Macbeth showed that she was supportive to Macbeth and encouraged him to kill Duncan in order to clear all obstacles that would get in the way of Macbeth becoming King! Macbeth is introduced as a brave soldier who is devoted to his King, while Lady Macbeth is introduced as a kind and loving wife, who underneath is actually a scheming and deceitful woman! At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth receives a letter from her husband about the witches' prophecies.
Next, the witches greeted Macbeth as the King of Scotland: “All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be King hereafter” (I, 3, 50). Shortly after the departure of the witches, Macbeth found out that he is the thane of Cawdor, as well as Glamis. If the three witches’ prediction about Macbeth becoming thane of Cawdor had been correct, did that mean that someday he would also become King? I believe that this is the point in the play where Macbeth starts to think as a villain.
After Lady Macbeth reads his letter and Macbeth arrives home, she is excited about becoming queen. She asks Macbeth when King Duncan is to be arriving and tells Macbeth to leave the plan up to her, his only job being that he has to look innocent and hide their true intentions. Macbeth seems to be stunned and nervous, telling his wife that they will talk later when she begins to tell him of her plan. In the seventh scene, at the castle, Macbeth speaks of the intense guilt he is feeling even before he is to kill Duncan; “… this even-handed justice/ Commends the ingredients of our poisoned/ Chalice to our own lips…” (1. 7.
Lady Macbeth does everything in her power to seduce Macbeth. She comforts him and gives him strength after Duncans murder. She emasculates and belittles him to convince him to commit the murder. She covertly seduces Macbeth by her suicide. When Macbeth finds out about her death he loses all hope and gives up on life.