Discuss The Changes In Macbeth's Relationship

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In the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relationship evolve throughout the drama. After Macbeth receives the witches’ prophecy that he will become King, he and his wife conspire to kill King Duncan because they deemed him to be a roadblock on Macbeth’s road to becoming King of Scotland. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s decisions and actions change as a result of killing King Duncan and the reader can see their changes before, during and after the murder of the king. Before the murder the couple’s relationship was strong. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were very close. The two loved each other and it was made obvious when Macbeth would say things like, “my dearest partner of greatness”(I, v, 8). Really, the two were best friends. They almost always knew what the other was going to say or what they were thinking about because they were so intimate. This started to change after Macbeth received the prophecies from the witches and everything changed. As things progressed, the two struggled for a leading…show more content…
The two became more intense with everything they did. They became passionate and compulsive in their actions and words. Lady Macbeth began to take a lead in the relationship by planning everything. She commands him to “be a man”, and he follows her lead. The husband and wife’s character drastically changes after they kill King Duncan. Lady Macbeth went from being the leader in the relationship to near nonexistent. Following Duncan's murder and the killing of his gaurds, Macbeth began to make his own decisions in turn changing the direction of the play. He makes the rash decisions of killing Banquo and trying to kill Fleance because he believes they are a threat to his crown. Lady Macbeth begins to sense that things are growing out of her control. Macbeth made these decisions without Lady Macbeth’s knowledge and leaves her out of any further

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