Compare the Way Shakespeare Presents the Relationship Between Joe and Mrs Joe and Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

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Compare the way Shakespeare presents the relationship between Joe and Mrs Joe and Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Macbeth’ include many relationships between many characters whether it is friendship or a martial relationship. One of the main relationships that are portrayed in both stories is martial relationship. In ‘Macbeth’, Macbeth is married to Lady Macbeth and in ‘Great Expectations’, Joe is married to Mrs Joe. These relationships are very important to the plot as we determine whether they support each other.

In ‘Macbeth’ we first know of the matrimonial relationship of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth when Macbeth is talking to Duncan and accepts to be the harbinger and writes a letter to inform his wife of the King’s visit to Macbeth’s castle, Inverness. Macbeth then writes a letter to Lady Macbeth, to whom he refers her as his ‘dearest partner of greatness’. Macbeth also calls his wife ‘dearest chuck.’ This shows that Macbeth loves his wife and thinks of her as a good person. This is ironic as later on in the scene, we find out that Lady Macbeth is not a good lady nut she is evil and wants to become more evil.
In the same letter, Macbeth tells his wife of the 3 prophecies he was told and how happy he was and cold not wait to tell his wife his success of being the new Thane of Cawdor and the future prospect of king. This is evident that Macbeth shares everything with his wife and loves sharing his happiness with her.

However in ‘Great Expectations’ we find out that Joe and Mrs Joe were married when Pip was being questioned by Magwitch. Magwitch asked Pip who he lives with and Pip replied back by timidly explaining “My sister sir- Mrs Joe Gargery-wife of Joe Gargery, the blacksmith, sir.” This signals that the relationship is quite weak because Pip says it timidly and thoughtfully; whereas, the Macbeths’ relationship is quite strong and blossoming.

In Great Expectations, again we find out more about Joe and Mrs Joe’s relationship

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