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Macbeth
The Relationship Between Macbeth And Lady
Macbeth
The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is a very close but rather strange one. Although the couple love and adore each other greatly there are a lot of things than Macbeth does not understand about Lady Macbeth. He does not realize that she knows his weakness of character and his strengths and therefore can manipulate his behavior. At the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth is the stronger of the two. Throughout the play there are times where Macbeth is stronger and times where Lady Macbeth takes control. The communication between the couple is very strong at the beginning but as the play progresses it alters and eventually breaks down. Many factors like persuasion and ambition are a big part in the couple's relationship. When Lady Macbeth reads the letter about her husband's victory she becomes the more powerful character. Although it was the witches who told Macbeth he will be king, it was Lady Macbeth who uses her art of persuasion and knowledge of Macbeth's weaknesses, to make him kill the king, and to achieve the prophecies set by the witches. Lady
Macbeth
starts to persuade Macbeth from their first meeting. This meeting is very romantic and close, and this helps her with her persuasion. Another factor that helps lady
Macbeth
persuades Macbeth is the knowledge she has of him. She knows how to get him motivated. Due to Macbeths lack of knowledge of his spouse, he is unable to prevent her. Lady Macbeth has a driving ambition, not just for
Macbeth
to be king, but for herself to be queen. This causes her to really try hard, to get the position, making her more powerful. Lady Macbeth is still the more powerful of the couple when King Duncan is murdered. She plans and sets the situations up (drugging guards etc.), and gets Macbeth to carry out the deed. After the murder Macbeth returns with the daggers, this is another sign of weakness as
Macbeth
knew he could be caught with them. Lady Macbeth takes control and returns the daggers. The point where
Macbeth
starts to take control is when he slaughters the guards. This was not in Lady Macbeths planning and for a little while Macbeth is in control of the situation. From that point, he goes from strength to strength and plans Banquo's and Fleances murdered. The only weakness shown there is that he had to get hit men to do it, he could not kill his best friend himself. Macbeth is in control and very powerful until the banquet scene. This is the last time in the play that Lady Macbeth is involved, and is able to become the more powerful of the two. After the banquet scene Macbeth goes from strength to strength again, and having Macduff's family killed is a sign of this. When Macbeth consults the weird sisters for the last time, they trick him to make him think that what they say can't happen. For example, they said the Birnam Woods will move. This trickery causes Macbeth to become more powerful and more ambitious as he thinks that no harm will come to him and he doesn't need Lady Macbeth anymore. This is a big point in the breakdown of the couple's relationship. An illustration of Lady Macbeth's weakness and her mental breakdown is portrayed through the sleepwalking scene. This is where Lady Macbeth reveals everything about Macbeth and herself killing Duncan. The decrease of Lady Macbeth's power eventually leads to her suicide. At the beginning of the play, the relationship between the couple is very close as they are dependent on each other. As the play progresses, and Macbeth becomes more powerful, he doesn't need Lady Macbeth anymore, causing her breakdown and her suicide.

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