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

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The Relationship Between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play In the early stages of the play, the Macbeths seem to be a devoted couple. Their love and concern for each other remains strong and constant throughout the play, but their relationship changes dramatically following the murder of King Duncan in Act 2. The Macbeths' relationship is presented in very strong terms in Act 1 by virtue of their sense of togetherness and resolve when separated by war and when placed under enormous pressure and temptation by the Witches' prophesies. Macbeth's initial reaction to the prophesy of his future kingship in Act 1, scene 3, is skepticism and disbelief: "Say from whence/You owe this strange intelligence? or why/Upon this blasted heath you stop our way/With such prophetic greeting?", but this changes to amazement and wonder when he hears from Ross about his promotion to the Thane of Cawdor, in the same scene, and he immediately thinks about using bloody means to become king: "My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,/Shakes so my single state of man", but as this quotation also shows, he is afraid of its treasonable implications. His devotion to Lady Macbeth is immediately apparent in Act 1, scene 5, when he writes her a letter in strictest confidence informing her about the prophesies, although there is a note of inferiority and intimidation, and a sense of duty in his comments: "This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness". Yet it is a sign of their understanding that they independently come to the same conclusion about killing the king. This is apparent in Lady Macbeth's insta... ... middle of paper ... ...r player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. The dreariness of the alliteration and repetition, the fragility of the candle imagery and the futility of the acting imagery all suggest that Macbeth's psyche cannot cope without his wife and his queen. Life holds no future or purpose for him, now she is dead. After their deaths, their relationship is portrayed by Malcolm as "this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen", forever united in evil. He began as a noble captain and ended as a bloody tyrant; she began as a devoted (some might say doting) wife, but ended up a guilt-ridden suicide. Their love remained until the end and their relationship, although subject to change and separation, remained firm.
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