Lady Macbeth Relationship Analysis

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Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s relationship is a complex one. As equals, they make up for one another’s weaknesses and are bound together by their mutual affection and ambition. Lady Macbeth with her cunningness and will power, combined with Macbeth’s brutality make this couple an unstoppable duo. However, as the play progresses their relationship becomes strained and filled with secrets as they attempt to overcome their individual challenges, leading them down separate paths. Eventually, the couple is overcome with fear and driven down the path of insanity, and no longer share affection for each other as a consequence of their corrupt ambition that leads to regicide. Initially, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are presented as equals which make up for each other’s weaknesses.Their balanced relationship is apparent as Macbeth refers to Lady Macbeth as his “dearest partner of greatness”.Captain says that Macbeth is “like Valor’s minion”, suggesting that Macbeth is a courageous and unparalleled warrior. However, whilst Macbeth is the physically stronger one of the duo, Lady Macbeth is psychologically stronger. Lady Macbeth’s manipulative and domineering character leads her to become the catalyst for Macbeth and the murder of Duncan. Before the murder of Duncan, Lady Macbeth lines: “That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood.” Lady Macbeth demands the spirits to discard thoughts of human nature
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