Macbeth – Relationship with Lady Macbeth

“…Yet I do fear thy nature, It is too full o’th’milk of human kindness” Lady Macbeth further develops the good nature of Macbeth, and expresses concern that his opportunities will be squandered by his strong moral compass. This also highlights the depth of the relationship, as they know each other inside out.
“…Hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits in thine ear” Here, Shakespear confirms that Lady Macbeth will be a negative force for Macbeth’s character, by manipulating his morals and unleashing his fettered ambition. Has connotations of alcohol and the supernatural.
“This even-handed justice Commends th’ingredience of our poisoned chalice To our own lips”/”A little water clears us of this deed” Here, the audience sees Macbeth acknowledge that his actions will have consequences, in contrast to lady Macbeth, who seems not to understand the principle of consequence.
“When you durst do it, then you were a man” Lady Macbeth is seen provoking and manipulating her husband into committing the murder of Duncan, which Shakespear utilises to highlight to power struggle between the two.
“Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done’t” For the first time, the audience witnesses a lapse in the iron resolve of Lady Macbeth, foreshadowing her breakdown at the end of the play.
“When all’s done You look but on a stool” Here we see the difference in support the couple offer in times of need. Where Macbeth is kind and patient, Lady Macbeth is barbed and scathing, accusing her husband of having no manliness. This further shows lady Macbeth as cruel.
“…all the perfumes of Arabia could not sweeten this little hand.” In her sleep, we see Lady Macbeth weakend by the guilt and regret of their actions. As Macbeth is occupied with Malcolm, she receives no support and steadily declines in her sanity. This shows how the couple deal with complex emotions such as guilt, with Macbeth seeing hallucinations and Lady Macbeth opening herself up in her subconscience..
“She should have died hereafter; There would have been a time for such a word” By the end of the play, Lady Macbeth has succumbed to grief, resulting in her suicide. Upon hearing this, Macbeth reacts blandly, as if so far lost he no longer cares about his wife. This shows the rapid decline in empathy between the couple and how their actions drove them insane.

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