M. Kevin Léveillé
November 19th 2012
Macbeth Essay: A relationship or not?
A relationship can properly be defined as “The way in which two or more concepts, objects or people are connected or the state of being connected.” A relationship between two people can sometimes evolve into the opposite of what it was when it had originally sparked between two people. In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, the relationship between the husband and wife of the story starts off strong, but through a series of unfortunate events it evolves into nothing. The two characters are parallel to each other, always working side by side but never working together. In the early stages of the play Macbeth is the feminine role of the relationship whereas Lady Macbeth is much more masculine. But as the play comes to a close the roles have switched, Macbeth is finally taking on his role of the male and Lady Macbeth takes her place as the female. The murder of King Duncan is the trigger to the relationship’s evolution; we see how they each are before the murder, during the murder and after the murder. The once strong relationship between Macbeth and his wife has now turned into nothing.
Throughout the time period of the play, we get to see the evolution of the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. When first being introduced to Macbeth’s character he is kind hearted, which causes his relationship with his wife to be very different from how most relationships are foreseen in this time. During the Elizabethan era Woman did not have a lot of say or input into relationships with their husbands, as they are seen as below men. Macbeth refuses to follow this trend by having a very different relationship with his wife. When Macbeth receives his first predictions from the witches the first thing he does is sends a letter to his wife to inform her on what is going on and what is foreseen for his future. “First Witch: All hair, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of...
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