How does Shakespeare present the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the scenes we have studied?
“Man does not control his own fate. The women in his life do that for him”. This quote in several respects has a sense of irony and relevance in conveying the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Their characters are perhaps Shakespeare’s most infamous, who as a result of the events in the play undergo a significant amount of conflict within their relationship. As a consequence, this emphasizes on the theme of tragedy, and the sympathy the audience feels towards not only the tragic hero but too the tragic villain.
Perhaps the first indication of a harmonious relationship is conveyed in Act One Scene Four in line 9 to 10, where Macbeth in his letter to his wife, Lady Macbeth refers to her as “my dearest partner of greatness”. From this statement, the audience can see that the characters have a closely intimate relationship. Macbeth highly views his wife, and this is shown from the letter, which Macbeth sends to Lady Macbeth to announce that the witches have concluded that he shall be “King hereafter”. This news had to reach Lady Macbeth’s ears immediately, hence showing the compassion and trust Macbeth has for his wife, especially as the letter itself mentioned witchcraft and conspiracies. The audience could perhaps suspect from Macbeth’s use of the word “greatness” that Lady Macbeth has a hold, a grip on him and that she holds the power in the relationship. This in turn is where the tragedy unfolds, his underlying and charismatic love for his wife, could lead him to do just about anything for her and her desires.
As the audience further digresses into Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy, you begin to see a different perspective into the relationship of these characters. Despite Macbeth referring to his wife as his “dearest partner of greatness”, Lady Macbeth feels quite the contrary about her husband. She doubts his willpower to conquer his...
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