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Macbeth: Darkness, Evil and Tragedy

Macbeth is a play full of darkness, evil, and tragedy. It is the story of a

man who goes against his conscience and commits a horrible deed which leads to

his destruction and loss of everything he has around him. This includes the

relationship he has with his wife, Lady Macbeth. In the end, he can blame no one

but himself.

At the beginning of the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have a very strong

relationship and this deteriorates later.

Act 1 Scene 5 is a key scene which shows just how close Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

were at the beginning of the play; it shows their original relationship. Macbeth

has written a letter to Lady Macbeth telling her of everything and in this

letter states algo that she helped him to get everything for him. The following

speech where Lady Macbeth doubts that he can get to the title of King "he is too

full of the milk of human kindness" shows just how close they were. It

establishes the fact that she knew him so well, she knew what he was like and it

emphasises the closeness of their relationship. She speaks of how he has enough

ambition but not enough courage. His "overiding ambition" is not enough. When

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth speak, they speak to eachother with such closeness and

bond; he calls her his "dearest chuck", his "partner of greatness". She knows

that he is too weak to do anything and states her position in the murder "leave

the rest to me".

In Act 1, Scene 7 establishes the force and power that Lady Macbeth posseses

over her husband. Upon hearing of Macbeth's decision not to kill Duncan, she is

outraged and starts to work her force and power upon him. She knows where he is

most vulnerable and attacks him at his weak spot. She strikes him at his manhood

and courage. This of course works on Macbeth and she knows that it will. No one

calls Macbeth a coward. She says that he is a coward and attacks his manliness.

"to be more than what you are, you would be so much more the man". She

challenges his love for her and says that she would rather "dash the brains out"

of her own child than break such a promise as Macbeth has to her. Whether she

was bluffing, the imagery that Macbeth would have had in his mind at this point

would have been frightening. To have the brains "dashed out" of his own child.
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