In this essay I will discuss the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. I will explain how their relationship is different to traditional relationships of the time. At the time, Jacobean people believed that the men were stronger then the woman. They believed that, when married, the husband would be in control and the wife would have no choice but to do what their husband asked. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relationship was every different.
Macbeth was written between 1606 and 1611 by William Shakespeare. It is about a Scottish nobleman, Macbeth, who is told a fortune by three Witches who tell him that he will be king. When he tells his wife, Lady Macbeth they plot, and murder King Duncan. Macbeth then became king, as was for told. But it is not what he thought it would be. The main themes of the play are, murder and lies, consequence, power and control, and the tragic hero. I will be referring to Act 1 Scenes 5 and 7.
Act 1 Scene 5 starts with Lady Macbeth reading a letter she has received from Macbeth. Even before she has read the letter the audience will be shocked and surprised, because at the time it was very unusual that Macbeth, the husband, would write to his wife. This shows how much he loves her. When Macbeth writes “my dearest partner of greatness.” He is showing that he respects and loves her. He is also treating her like an equal, which, at the time was frowned upon. No husband thought of his wife as an equal, and audience, at the time, would not expect, or like this.
Lady Macbeth’s reaction to this letter will be even more shocking to the audience. “I fear thy nature is too full o’th’milk of human kindness.” When Lady Macbeth says this she is showing her strength and determination. She is saying that she believes Macbeth is too kind to murder King Duncan. When she is say’s “Nearest way” it shows she is already thinking about murdering the king, but she uses a euphemism rather than actually saying that she wants to murder him. I believe she did this because she is actually a bit worried or frightened about the thought of murdering the king ,so by using a euphemism she is not only avoiding saying that she wants to murder him. But she is also avoiding thinking the thought. Also she does not believe that if she murdered the king it would be bad, because Duncan’s death will push Macbeth to greatness, and Lady Macbeth believes Macbeth becoming the king is a good thing, even if it means murdering the king. This would horrify the audience. At the time people believed that kings were appointed by God, so murdering a king would be going against God’s will, so the fact that Lady Macbeth was planning on murdering the king would shock and disgust the audience.
Lady Macbeth is seen as evil, and there is lots of evidence for this. At points she also has a similar evil tone to the witches. This is seen when she says “Hie the hither,” this also shows her use an imperative. This is when she gives a command which no Jacobean wife would do,...