“My dearest partner of greatness” (I, v, 10) suggests to the reader or audience of the play Macbeth, that these two partners, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, worked together and truly believed in the greatness of their work. This is not so. Said here in a letter from Macbeth to Lady Macbeth telling her that the king is coming soon. There Macbeth truly feels that Lady Macbeth is his partner in all these truly great events. The letter shows us of the close relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and shows us that the deepest secrets of the heart were revealed to each other.
It is from this point that we meet the true character of Lady Macbeth. She immediately shows herself as a domineering, strong willed and ambitious wife to Macbeth.
As the play moves along we see that his wife easily persuades Macbeth, but when Macbeth is alone he has his doubts. Macbeth is less ambitious than his wife and also more softhearted, together these two traits gave him the common sense not to commit the dreaded act. Yet, when the subject of murdering Duncan comes up again, Lady Macbeth weakens his resolve and persuades him to do the deed.
The actors characters begin to change once the deed is done. Macbeth, who was strong inside is now internally traumatised, but only display his feeling in front of his wife. It’s not the best thing to do because lady Macbeth is uninterested in what she considers his pettiness. It also give lady Macbeth the added stress that Macbeth not let his thoughts and imagination get the better of him in front of other people. Yet, she also has to play the soft heartedness expected of a woman, when confronted with the death of Duncan, the day after the murder, in front of the other courts men. Lady Macbeth, in a way is to be admired for being able to save her husband from suspicion, by playing the maternal woman, unable to face the murder of her king, in her own home.
Somehow Macbeth manages to keep his composure when faced with his guests and the evidence of the killing, but we, the audience know that inside, his heart is quaking with fear. Out of nervousness, Macbeth blurts out the fact that he murdered the two servants with his anger. That was very rash and cast a tiny shadow of suspicion on him even at that early stage.
Earlier it was Macbeth who was worried that their plan would fail and lady Macbeth was the one who scoffed at the mere idea of failing. Now Macbeth, the king, had murderers to kill Banquo and others with no qualms at all. When lady Macbeth inquires about how he is so sure that banquo doesn’t suspect them, Macbeth merely shrugs off her questions and tells her that these matters are not for the ears of a woman. Here we see how their close relationship, mentioned earlier has diminished to that of a slave and his master. Now Macbeth tells his wife t walk alongside him as they leave...