Relationship Between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

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Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's relationship changes throughout the course of the play. In the beginning we see Lady Macbeth playing the more superior, more dominating role of the two. She lays all the plans and all Macbeth has to do is obey her commands. She comes across as a woman, who is persuasive and manipulative. Macbeth on the other hand is easily persuaded and unsure. At the beginning of the play Macbeth and lady Macbeth were very close, this is supported by the how he referred to her in his letter "my dearest partner in greatness" when he informed her about the witches prophesies. He calls her dearest, which suggests they have a very close relationship at the start of the play. He refers to her as his partner, which shows that he thinks of her as an equal and that he respects her. She is his partner in marriage and ironically will soon be his partner in crime. They shared everything, although he could have waited until his return he chose to send a speedy letter to her instead. It is evident that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth had a very close relationship in the beginning of the play. In their relationship, Lady Macbeth appears as the more dominant partner. As they planned the murders it is Lady Macbeth who leads her husband, Lady Macbeth who tells him to be a man, and that she would be able to kill her own child if she had sworn to do it. “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 brains out, had I sworn as you have done to this” It is Lady Macbeth’s ability to persuade Macbeth and come up with their plans that gives the impression that she is the leading and more dominant partner in their relationship. It is clear that Lady Macbeth has the upper hand in the relationship. She is able to come up with the plans, easily persuades
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