The Relationship Between Macbeth And Lady Macbeth In William Shakespeare's Play

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The Relationship Between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play

In the early stages of the play, the Macbeths seem to be a devoted couple. Their love and concern for each other remains strong and
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This also shows her devotion, love and commitment to him: they see their future together: he says, "of what greatness is promised thee", and she says, "Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be/What thou art promised." At this point in the play, Lady Macbeth shows her strength of purpose by calling on the spirits of evil to "unsex me here", and to rid her of any womanly compassion in order to carry out the murder of Duncan.

The first major threat to their relationship is Macbeth's change of mind about killing Duncan: "We will proceed no further in this business" in Act 1, scene 7. This challenges Lady Macbeth's dominance in the partnership. Ironically, it is their shared love that she uses as a weapon to regain dominance: "From this time/Such I account thy love." Her aggressive and determined nature ("then you were a man"; "Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums,/And dash'd the brains out" referring to a sucking baby), together with her simplicity of plot (drug the king's guards), also impresses Macbeth:

Bring forth men-children only; For thy undaunted mettle should compose Nothing but
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His protectiveness reveals a strong commitment to their relationship. Their private thoughts also reveal their commitment to each other; they both focus on the need for security and stability: "Nought's had, all's spent,/Where our desire is got without content" (Lady Macbeth) and "We have scotch'd the snake, not kill'd it" (Macbeth).

Their relationship is still intact, but their roles have reversed and Shakespeare uses language to illustrate this change; in Act 1 Lady Macbeth used the image of the raven as a portent of Duncan's death ("The raven himself is hoarse/That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan/Under my battlements"), Macbeth in Act 3 echoes his wife's imagery in planning Banquo's murder:

Light thickens; and the crow Makes wing to the rooky wood: Good things of day begin to droop and drowse; While night's black agents to their preys do rouse.

For a short time during the banquet scene with the appearance

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