Couple Relationships In Macbeth By Shakespeare And Cat On The Hot Tin Roof By Tennessee Williams

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The plays Macbeth by Shakespeare and Cat on the Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams both depict relationships between husbands and wives. In Macbeth the readers experience a relationship between a cowardly king and an ambitious queen, while in Cat on the Hot Tin readers see a more relatable relationship between a heartless plantation tycoon, Big Daddy and his timid wife Big Mama. As like in all relationships, there are definite differences between the interactions of Macbeth to Lady Macbeth, and Big Daddy to Big Mama. However even though these plays take place in different settings in periods of time, similarities can also be seen between the relationships of each husband to his wife.
Macbeth’s and Lady Macbeth’s relationship is very unique compared to other relationships. To begin with, Lady Macbeth is an antagonist wife that forces her husband, Macbeth, to kill King Duncan so she can satisfy her own greediness and become queen. Her greedy desire to become queen makes her lose all morality. For example, when she hears that King Duncan is staying at her castle for the night, she says, “Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top-ful of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood; stop up the access and passage to remorse.” (Act 1, Scene 5). In the play she constantly refers to her husband, Macbeth, as a “coward” and puts his masculinity into question, which leads to Macbeth having to prove himself to his wife. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is seen as a protagonist soldier fighting for his king, until The Three Witches foretells his future of being King by saying “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!” (Act 1, Scene 3) After meeting them he is left wondering how he would become King and goes to tell his wife. She later poisons his thoughts by referring to him as the king already, “Great Glamis! Worthy Cawdor! Greater than both, by the all-hail hereafter! Thy letters have transported me beyond this ignorant present, and I feel now the future in the instant.” (Act 1, Scene 5) Soon after, they plan on murdering King Duncan when he comes to spend the night at Macbeth’s castle. When they plot to kill King Duncan Macbeth is afraid to do so until Lady Macbeth says, “What beast was ’t, then, that made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man; and to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man. Nor time nor place did then adhere, and yet you would make both.” (Act 1, Scene 2) After hearing that Macbeth has a few more hesitations but Lady Macbeth answers them all with confidence and so Macbeth finally thinks he is ready to murder King Duncan.
It can be seen that Lady Macbeth exactly knows what to say to Macbeth to convince him to do things her way. She has him in her clutch of control, without him ever realizing. There is a definite...

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