How does the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change throughout the play? In this essay I am going to talk about the dramatic and rapid changes of the relationship between husband and wife, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. In the beginning of the play the couple share a loving and strong bond; however this contrast to the end of the play as the relationship which once was a strong is weakened as the couple no longer have importance in each other’s life. At the beginning of the play Macbeth displays his love and passion for his wife Lady Macbeth as he writes her a love letter; in the letter he shares his achievements with Lady Macbeth, the couple are united. Macbeth displays his affection for Lady Macbeth in his letter.
“My Dearest partner of greatness”
(Act 1 scene 5, line 10)
Macbeth greets Lady Macbeth by addressing her greatly, this shows Macbeth thinks highly and is very admiring of his wife. ‘He shows that he is proud of the relationship he shares with Lady Macbeth. Macbeth also indicates his strong desire of becoming royalty which he and his wife share, by addressing Lady Macbeth royally. Macbeth shows his dedication and affection for Lady Macbeth as he writes the letter to her containing his emotions and praise for his wife he shows that he is committed. In the letter Macbeth shares his experiences with his wife as he informs her about his encounter with the witches as they predict that he will become Thane of Cawdor and also that he will become king. He discusses this with Lady Macbeth as he believes the witch’s predictions to be true. “Referred me to the coming on of time, with “Hail, king that shalt be”
(Act 1 scene 5, line 9)
Macbeth is excited and shares his brooding of becoming king with Lady Macbeth; he shows excitement and determination to fulfil their dream of ruling the kingdom, with the help and strength of his wife.
“Thou wouldst be great, Art not without ambition, but without the illness should it attend.”
(Act 1 scene 5, line 17)
Macbeth shares with his wife, not only the ambition of becoming rulers but the deeds that the couple will have to commit and fulfil. This shows trust, its shows that Macbeth is able to discuss intense and deep thoughts with his wife, and he knows that she will commit and support him. After reading the letter Lady Macbeth is focused and in preparation for the arrival of her husband. She is informed that the king will be arriving and will spend the night in her presences and home. Lady Macbeth then becomes fixated with thoughts about becoming queen she shows determination for her and Macbeth’s dreams to be carried out.
In this scene we begin to see Lady Macbeth’s fierce and determined personality, she is ready to carry out any method to ensure that her and Macbeth become rulers.
“Unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe topfull of direst cruelty”
(Act 1 scene 5, line 40)
Lady Macbeth is preparing as she asks for all her qualities of womanhood to be stripped away as she wants to become stronger to fulfil any duty. She shows her power and strong will through this statement.
As Macbeth Arrives home from battle Lady Macbeth displays her love for him as she greats him.
“Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor”
(Act 1 scene 5, line 53)
Not only does she greet him highly she also shows desire and interest in his status, which displays there strong bond.
“My Dearest love”
(Act 1 Scene 5, line 58)
Macbeth also shows his thought and love towards Macbeth as he dotes upon her.
Lady Macbeth’s ambition emerges forward in Scene 7 as she has power influences Macbeth. Macbeth tries to talk himself out of killing King Duncan as he lists all the reasons why he should not kill him.
“We will proceed no further in this business.”
(Act 1 Scene 7, line 32)
Macbeth is trying to stand up to his over powering wife as he tries to hold back and stop himself from carrying on discussing the murder. He respects Duncan and feels a sense...
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