How Does Shakespeare Present Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s Relationship in Act 1?

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There are several interactions between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth which give us an idea of the relationship between them. The pair first meet in the play in Act one, scene four.
The first interaction between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the play is at the start of scene two. Lady Macbeth reads aloud the letter that Macbeth had written to her about meeting the witches: “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor and shalt be, What thou art promised”.
Lady Macbeth understands his plight; she knows that what he wants the most is to become king. She sees Macbeth as a coward who is too afraid to grasp what he wants. Therefore, Lady Macbeth feels she must encourage Macbeth to abandon the scripts that prevent him from seizing the crown. She says “Yet do I fear
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He wants things to stay the same; as at the minute many people have high opinions of him and he does not want to ruin the respect that he has earned. She then realizes that Macbeth is no longer interested in her intentions and so she attacks him by saying: “I dare do all that may become a man who dares do more is none”. It is then evident that Lady Macbeth basically has complete power over her husband when she describes herself dashing the brains out of a young child that somehow persuades him into joining her evil scheme. This makes us realise what kind of woman we are dealing with, if she is considering murdering a young child in the sort of fashion.
Macbeth questions her asking “If we should fail?”She immediately replies: “we fail! But screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we’ll not fail.” She then begins to describe her plan on how to murder Duncan. Which included drugging two chamberlains and pinning the blame on them. Then smothering Duncan’s blood on them and using their daggers for the murder. We can see that Lady Macbeth has thought the whole attack very thoroughly, showing that she is also a very clever woman as well as a murderous one.
In conclusion I believe that Lady Macbeth changes a lot during the first scene. At the start she is a powerful figure, she's enchanting, attractive, and desires success. She seems to want to do anything for her beloved husband. I seem to get the impression that she

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