The Relationship Between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Undergoes Significant Change During the Course of the Play.

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The Relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth undergoes significant change during the course of the play. Discuss this statement supporting your answer with the aid of suitable reference to the text. - Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's relationship changes throughout the course of the play. The story begins as one of a loyal and honourable hero of Scotland, Macbeth. However, Macbeth’s character changes gradually but significantly during the course of the play, along with that of his relationship with his wife. A deep ambition for power caused them both to make sinister decisions that created only despair, guilt, and madness. At the beginning of the play their relationship is strong and loving, but their mutual decisions created strain. Their relationship becomes distant and eventually, ends tragically. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is a “brave” soldier and the honourable Thane of Glamis. His rank and honour are of great value, and it seems he is fit for his status. But his encounter with the witches appears to awaken in him a deep, impatient ambition. After the first prophecy of being Thane of Cawdor becomes true, the “horrid image” of the murder of Duncan crosses his mind, as in order to become king himself he must kill Duncan. His horror at the thought of murdering Duncan shows us that he is not totally cold and solely ambitious. It is clear that Macbeth is in love, as shown by his letter to Lady Macbeth in which he calls her his “dearest partner of greatness”. Lady Macbeth is very much like her husband; she loves him and is also very ambitious, as shown by her immediate determination for Macbeth to be king. “Greater than both, by the all-hail hereafter! / I feel now the future in the instant”. Upon Macbeth’s entrance, he informs her of Duncan’s plans to stay the night; Lady Macbeth immediately concludes that for him to become king, he must murder

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