How Is the Change in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Shown Throughout All of the Acts?

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How is the change in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth shown throughout all of the acts? This essay will show how Shakespeare presents change in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth over the course of the play. Shakespeare wrote "Macbeth" specifically for King James I. The king was a large supporter of the theatre, Shakespeare's company even became known as "The King's Men." James I was a very superstitious monarch, he hated the idea of witches and paranormal activity. Shakespeare took this into account to make the play more enjoyable for the king. The play also related to James I as it showed a man killing the king; earlier that year King James was a target of an attack on parliament, this is seen as defying god as a king was placed on the throne by god giving it the name “Divine right.” Attacking the king was equivalent to attacking god.
Shakespeare shows a change in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth within their relationship throughout acts 1, 2 and 3. In the Elizabethan era, the would be the dominant figure in a traditional relationship, but in Lady Macbeth and Macbeths relationship, lady Macbeth is seen as the dominant figure and would bully, tease and mock Macbeth into committing things he didn’t wanted to do, but she thought was the best way to go. During the exposition of the play Macbeth is described as being a “heroic leader” and “a worthy thane” this made him feel proud and honoured; however when it comes to killing the Duncan to fulfil the prophecies, Lady Macbeth has to try to encourage him to do so by saying “you were a man...more the man.” Lady Macbeth constantly asks Macbeth this to question his masculinity and his authority as a man. We first see Lady Macbeth when she appears in i: v in this scene we see her reading Macbeth's letter telling her about the witches’ prophecies for his rise to power. This report pleases her, which encourages her to take pride in her husband’s
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