The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

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  • How does Shakespeare present the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?
    • As the play goes on, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth end up spending less and less time together. This is due to the fact that Macbeths time is taken up with finding ways to gain more power and also how he can sustain the power that he currently holds.
    • Their relationship deteriorates throughout the play due to their greed, selfishness and desire for the throne.
    • Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have a very good relationship before they become monarch. However, when she passes away Macbeth does not seem to care as he displays almost no emotion.
    • Lady Macbeth seems to have no respect for her husband at all calling him names such as cowardly.
    • Throughout the play they seem to switch roles. At the start, Lady Macbeth is clearly the superior as she makes all the plans, but when Macbeth gains power he then starts to become the controlling character
    • "Tis the eye of childhood, that fears a painted devil" Act two, scene two
      • She is accusing him of being cowardly as she is comparing him to a scared child. It is almost like she is trying to make him feel guilty for being afraid of committing such a terrible act.
    • "dashed its brains out"      Act one, scene seven    Lady Macbeth is making him feel incredible guilt by telling him that she would kill her own child if he asked her to. She is saying this to make him feel cowardly and weak.


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