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The Relationship of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
Transcript of The Relationship of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
Are Macbeth & Lady Macbeth well matched?
Shakespeare illustrates the changes of a healthy couple into partners in crime.
They both share a thirst for royalty and power which is seen in the murder of King Duncan and the others followed.
They act alongside one another committing crimes motivated by their unchecked ambition.
Do they feel genuine affection for each other?
Shakespeare shows in the play that although it is not a love story, there is affection shown in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's relationship.
They take multiple risks for each other including committing crimes and keeping secrets.
They do not abandon one another even though they both begin to go insane due to guilt.
Do Macbeth & Lady Macbeth have a good marriage?
In terms of love and compassion for each other, it would be said that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth do indeed have a good marriage.
Are they equal partners in crime?
Looking at the overall play, you are able to say that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are very much so equal partners in crime.
During specific crimes one tends to over power the other.
How does their relationship shift over time?
Their relationship shifts greatly throughout the play.
Lady Macbeth is portrayed as the dominant one but with time Macbeth takes over this role as the evil king and turns into a tyrant.
Therefore the audience witnesses a change in the relationship.
Why does Macbeth start to act alone?
He starts to act alone due to the reversal of roles and the fact that Lady Macbeth isn't as powerful as she once was.
Macbeth is fully enveloped in his role as the evil tyrant and begins to concoct plans of crime and murder.
How does Macbeth react to the news of his wife's death?
Lady Macbeth dies in Act IV scene iv
Macbeth believes she should not have died so soon.
Macbeth shows little to none emotion.
Their affection for one another is shown in Act 111 scenes iv-vi, when Macbeth witnesses the ghost of Banquo and Lady Macbeth controls the situation and covers for Macbeth.
How does the death of Lady Macbeth change Macbeth as a character?
When Lady Macbeth dies, Macbeth is not upset nor emotional.
He expresses how empty and hopeless he has become.
He states he wishes his life would be snuffed out like a candle (Act V)
We realize Macbeth has lost everything and is surrendering.
How is their relationship not typical of the Elizabethan era?
Lady Macbeth is not obedient and is the dominant partner which is not typical for this time period.
She is also very manipulating towards her husband and often questions his manhood to get him to do things.
She also plots the murder of King Duncan and is the mastermind behind most deeds done in the play which is also not typical of this time period.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have a unique relationship for the time period the play is set in.
In this era, relationships were often very sexist.
Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are very equal in their marriage.
The dominant role switches between the two throughout the play.
Their relationship certainly stands out from those in this particular era.
Overall, Shakespeare portrays the image of a couple who will stick together through thick and thin and do not give up on one another. They are partners in marriage as well as crime which makes them have a good relationship throughout the play.
By: Kaitlyn Brideau, Jamie Walker and Tyler Reid :)