Relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Notes:
In the opening scenes if the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth seemed to enjoy a close intimacy in that they share their deepest thoughts, but as the plot unfolds, she loses her iron grip on him and his murderous momentum gathers a speed of its own. Before Duncan’s death, her opening soliquy in Scene V of Act I shows that she does know him well. But after the death, her realization that her husband had become transformed into a stranger drove her to suicide. Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here- This passage suggests that, for Lady Macbeth, being a reproductive woman could prevent her from committing a violent deed. She is prepared to sacrifice her femininity for the sake of kingship. At this point the audience is introduced to both Macbeth’s and Lady Macbeth’s ambition and determination. They understand each other very well even though neither one of them mentions murder. Lady Macbeth offers her husband advice and instructs him in the arts of hypocrisy while she herself takes on the role of managing events: “Look like th’ innocent flower, But be the serpent underneath”. When Macbeth seems to doubt whether to “proceed no further in this business”, his wife, who has committed herself to the powers of darkness calls him a coward: ... Art thou afeard
To be the same in thine own act and valour,
As thou art in desire?
In the killing scene, Lady Macbeth once again takes control of the situation when she urges Macbeth to gain composure and on Macbeth’s refusal to go back to the chamber, Lady Macbeth accuses Macbeth of being weak. Macbeth is left alone fascinated by his bloodstained hands and when Lady Macbeth returns she also displays bloodstained hands but she coldly says: “A little water clears us of this deed. In the first Act Lady Macbeth is determined and she leads the debate on why they should commit the murder, but later on we see her fade away. As the events unfolds the audience...
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