The Relationship Between Macbeth And Lady Macbeth

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The relationship between a husband and wife is affected by their individual traits and affects their decisions together. This is exemplified by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's play, Macbeth. Macbeth's courage, ambition, and ambivalence combined with Lady Macbeth's own ambition, cunning, and manipulative nature interact act to culminate in the final decision at the end of Act I to murder Duncan.Macbeth is first introduced by the wounded captain as a brave warrior and "valor's minion" when the captain reports to Duncan, "For Brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name). / Disdaining Fortune…" (1.2.18-19). His ambition emerges after he hears the witches' prophecies. He becomes willing to do any manner of gruesome act to gain the throne when he says, "The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step / on which I must fall down or else o'erleap, / For in my way it lies" (1.4.55-56) after he finds out Duncan's son is heir and between him and the throne. Another of Macbeth's traits, along with bravery and ambition, is his ambivalence. This is particularly obvious in scene 7 of Act I when Macbeth debates in a lengthy soliloquy whether he should kill Duncan. He lists reasons why he shouldn't commit the murder and a reason why he should, making his decision at the end known to Lady Macbeth: "We will proceed no further in this business" (1.7.34). These qualities conflict with each other and Lady Macbeth's traits as well throughout Act I.Lady Macbeth is a complicated character in that she has qualities perceived as masculine as when Macbeth says, "Bring forth men-children only / For thy undaunted mettle should compose / Nothing but males" (1.7.83-85) and yet we don't know what drives her unwavering decision to murder Duncan. Is she doing ti for her husband as she suggests when she says "…the golden round, / Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem ? To have...

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