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Relationship Between Lady Macbeth And Macbeth

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In Shakespearean times, women were regarded as the delicate little creatures that were to give birth and look pretty. They were not thought to be smart or equal to men, Lady Macbeth is a really good example, since she is lonely throughout the play until her death and she might have felt forgotten by her husband, Macbeth, but Macbeth does not treat her like she was his servant or anything that is lower than him, he treats her equally. This relationship between Lady Macbeth and her husband can be confusing at times and their relationship alters throughout the play.In Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth serves as the main influence in Macbeth's life. He trusts her with everything he has; ...view middle of the document...

Lady Macbeth knew her husband's strengths and weaknesses and she was ambitious for him, also she is also a good persuader as she takes Macbeths bad points and uses it against him.In the scene after the killing was done, Macbeth feels guilty of this deed and says "This is a sorry sight", but Lady Macbeth says "A foolish thing to say a sorry sight", this shows how cold hearted, as she thinks it is 'foolish' for a man to show guilt at a murder. Macbeth was saying strange things and cannot think rationally. Lady Macbeth calmly tells Macbeth to wash his hands and tells him to put on their Night gowns and go to bed. This shows that Lady Macbeth always supports her husband no matter what but Macbeth doesn't support her wife.Macbeth is filled with guilt, he says "Better be with the dead than on the torture of the mind to lie in restless ecstasy", saying he would rather to be with the Duncan than alive with this guilt. After this scene, Lady Macbeth doesn't seem to appear in the play and it also seems that their communication between each other is cut off. This is where the relationship changes between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth and starts to act on his own.The relationship between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth is depended on mutual trust, instinctive understanding and practical resourcefulness. However, Act III stresses Lady Macbeth's loneliness and gradual isolation, as she sends for Macbeth to talk to her. When Macbeth arrives, she tries to comfort and support him again. The disorder of the situation is again reflected into their relationship. They began by sitting apart at the banquet, when the ghost appeared, Macbeth was shocked, but no one else can see the ghost, she covers for him when he is tortured by his imaginations.The next time we see Lady Macbeth after the banquet, she has become overpowered by her imagination. Lady Macbeth has deteriorated to a state of severe agitation, the loneliness and isolation has driven her mad and also she confesses her guilt from the past event; she is sleepwalking and talking at the same time. She says "What, will these hands never be clean?" these words mean that she has now realised that the guilt will never leave her, she feels she needs to be cleansed, "Out, damned spot! Out, I say." The killing have affected her,...

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