The Macbeths- A Study in Marriage

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Does love make a marriage, or does marriage make a love? You can have one without the other, but for one to be fully complete, does it need the other? Marriage is not just a vow, not just a signed contract, not just a binding kiss. It is a union between two people, an unwavering alliance and a promise that you will always have someone by your side. The Macbeth's did not have a perfect marriage, but they tried to make it work. They loved one another, but they also had to lie to each other, and deceive their other half. They supported one another's endeavors, but still grew apart as the play moved on. At the beginning of the play, it was clear that they loved and trusted one another, even though it is likely that their marriage was arranged. Can true love survive murder, tragedy, courtly intrigue and ultimately madness? Lady Macbeth supported her husband through thick and thin. She was with him when he was the lowly Thane of Glamis, and stayed with him until her death, as Queen of Scotland. In Act 1, Scene 5, she reads a letting from him, telling her of the news of the war, and about the prophesy's of the Weird Sisters. She supports him, and shows her love in that she must lose all of the feminine qualities, such as gentleness, so that she can persuade her husband to kill Duncan and become King, making sure their bloodline would live on as royalty. By using her love for him as a weapon, she was able to coerce him into committing a vile act of murder. In a marriage, you must be willing to do things for the other person, and you must accept the fact that you may not always be able to do what you want to do. Lady Macbeth took advantage of that trust and misused her influence. To make your husband commit murder, even if it moves you up in the world, is an act of betrayal; betrayal of trust, mind and heart. Unfortunately, in Act 3, Scene 2, she discovered that being queen was not as good as she thought it would be. She ultimately goes mad, feeling as if her hands are...
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