The Transformation of the Relationship Between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

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Macbeth, a tragedy play by written William Shakespeare. Throughout the play the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is the engine that drives the tragedy of the play. Macbeth is a play about a Scottish knight named Macbeth who comes back from battle and meets three ‘witches’. They predict that Macbeth shall become king. At first he was skeptical though when it was announced by King Duncan that he will be made Thane of Cawdor, the next in line for king for his bravery on the battlefield he believed that their prediction was possible. With this event Macbeth believes the witches' predictions are true so he informs his wife Lady Macbeth whom upon hearing the news becomes excited and supportive of the idea. The two of them murder Duncan and Macbeth becomes king as the witches foretold and from then on in they lie, kill and create madness so that Macbeth may remain king. At the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth and Macbeth shared a loving relationship in which Lady Macbeth is support of his goals. Their relationship changes dramatically after the murder of King Duncan. They both change as individuals thus changing their relationship. Their destructive relationship influences the murders madness and deaths in the play. The two of them are so ambitious that together they push each other to achieve their goals no matter what.

At the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth appears to be supportive of her husband’s aims/goals. Their relationship is like any other at first, loving and supportive. Macbeth refers to Lady Macbeth as “my dearest partner of greatness” (I, v, 9). The letter which Macbeth sends to Lady Macbeth as soon as he heard he had been made Thane of Cawdor reveals his closeness to his wife, the witch’s prediction “th...

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... the others at the feast that he is ill and has had a lack of sleep. Lady Macbeth continues the act until everyone leaves. Against all odds the two of them try to fight through the guilt, the rumours, and the madness and try to continue their love, ruling and try to keep their secrets amongst each other. Although when Lady Macbeth over fills Macbeth’s head with greed he gains a murderous momentum and Lady Macbeth loses her iron grip over Macbeth.

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth start out with quite a healthy relationship at the beginning of the play. Their relationship radically changes after the murder of Duncan that they drift so far apart that their relationship cannot be repaired. Lady Macbeth’s ambitions drive Macbeth to evil causing him to murder and cause madness and as a result their relationship feeds the story and drives the engine of the plays tragedy.
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