Macbeth and Lady Macbeths Relationship in Shakespeares Macbeth

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In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the title character and his wife Lady Macbeth have a give and take relationship. In the time that Macbeth was written, women were usually subservient to men, yet the relationship that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth possess is a balanced one. This balance in relationship is evidenced by their actions in several situations. When Macbeth doubts himself and decides that he may not want to kill Duncan, Lady Macbeth boosts his resolve and re-convinces him to go through with the deed. Later, after Duncan is murdered, Macbeth returns to Lady Macbeth with the bloody daggers in his hands, traumatized, and Lady Macbeth is forced to take control and return them to the guards. Then, when Lady Macbeth fears that their regicide will have deathly repercussions, Macbeth becomes bolder and solitarily plans Banquo’s murder. In each of these examples, one falters and the other compensates for their weakness by becoming the dominant one in the relationship; they balance each other and make up for each others’ flaws. Before the murder of Duncan, Lady Macbeth assumes the leading role in her relationship with Macbeth, by bolstering her husband’s willpower so that he can commit the murder of Duncan. Lady Macbeth reminds Macbeth of his commitment to kill Duncan: “I have given suck, and know how tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, and dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this.” Lady Macbeth remarks how she would murder a baby if she had made a promise to do so, and that Macbeth should go through with Duncan’s murder because he promised to. Macbeth’s weakness is compensated with Lady Macbeth’s strength, as she points out his flaws, he realizes them and corrects them, and they progress together toward a common goal. Lady Macbeth’s
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