How Is the Relationship Between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Represented

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Macbeth is a play about a soldier who comes under his wives influence to commit regicide so as to become king and his wife to join him as queen. Their relationship is presented as being strong. Macbeth treats his wife differently to how other men treated their wives back then. In society then, women listened to whatever their husbands said, but in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s case, Macbeth treated his wife with affection and told her everything. “This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness”. Lady Macbeth’s first appearance in the play is when she is shown reading the letter that her husband has written to her about meeting the three witches: “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor and shalt be”“What thou art promised.”Lady Macbeth however knows the attitude of her husband and what he’s like and she knows that if her husband wants something, he’ll want to achieve it in the fairest way possible. She laughs at what she considers his weakness:”yet I do fear thy nature, it is full o’ the milk of human kindness” Lady Macbeth feels she must find the confidence to persuade Macbeth to leave his soft side which prevents him from seizing the crown. Throughout the first act Lady Macbeth seems the stronger partner in the relationship and she calls out supernatural powers and calls for “spirits” more powerful than her own. “Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts.” She tells him to hurry home so that she can poison his mind. “Hurry home, so I can poison your mind”. At this point the audience is introduced to both Macbeth’s and Lady Macbeth’s ambition and determination and also shows the audience that Lady Macbeth is evil and manipulative. They understand each other very well even though none of them mention murder. Lady Macbeth offers her husband advice and instructs him on one or two things about hypocrisy while she herself manages the events of
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