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The Relationship Between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth I am going to study the relationship of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth throughout the play and how it changes as the play continues I feel that the crucial time for the survival of their relationship was between Macbeths first meeting with the witches and the murder of Duncan After that point the damage to their originally close partnership had in my opinion already been committed At the beginning of the play the majority of Act I just after Macbeths first meeting with the witches they appear to have a very close relationship in which Macbeth regards Lady Macbeth as his equal There seems to be a lot of love between them This was all quite unusual for this period when marriages amongst the nobility were arranged for financial convenience not love Macbeth confided in Lady Macbeth about the witches prophecy trusting her to keep it secret finishing his letter with Lay it to thy heart and farewell Act One Scene Five line 13 and calling her his dearest partner of greatness Lady Macbeth clearly knows Macbeth very well anticipating his thoughts and commenting on his weaknesses Lady Macbeths opinions of her husband seem to differ greatly from those of Duncan who regards Macbeth as brave and heroic She knows that Macbeth deeply wants to be king but he is too full of natural compassion to use the quickest method available to him which would be to kill Duncan She knows he has the ambition but he lacks the evil that would go with it However she knows that Macbeth would happily accept what was given to him fairly It seems clear from the way she spoke then and how she talked to Macbeth when he first returned that they have previously discussed the Kings murder Lady Macbeth was convinced that with her strength and what she called supernatural strength she could overcome with
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