Why Does Shakespeare Present Lady Macbeth's Relationship

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Throughout the course of the text ‘Macbeth’, the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is continuously changing. The beginning of the text shows the love and support they have for one another, however due to later events, cracks within the relationship begin to show, including role reversals. Lady Macbeth is first introduced into the play reading a letter from her husband Macbeth, which explains his meeting with the weird sisters and the messengers, who earlier greeted him as Thane of Cawdor. Within this letter Macbeth addresses her as his ‘dearest partner of greatness’. This shows the passion and love they have for one another. Not long after, Macbeth enters the room where they discuss the events he had told within the letter. The sisters addressed Macbeth as ‘Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, that shalt be King hereafter’. This results in seeing the controlling side to Lady Macbeth. She knows that Macbeth has ambition to become king, however she is believes he’s too kind to act upon it, therefore telling him ‘Leave all the rest to me’ (1.5.75).…show more content…
He worries about the sequence of consequences that may follow after Duncan is murdered. He realises that he has no motive other than his own ambition to become King, however he is convinced after Lady Macbeth questions his manhood when saying ‘When you durst do it, then you were a man;’ (1.7.49) and reassures him that the plan will be successful. This shows the control that Lady Macbeth has in the relationship, and her desperation for Macbeth to become

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