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    Examine the way the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is portrayed in Macbeth.
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    (Original post by Andy Social)
    Examine the way the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is portrayed in Macbeth.
    lady macbeth is shown as a strong woman who has much control over what her husband does. macbeth is shown as nor being in charge in their relationship which is uncomman as men were usually in charge whilst the women would be the weak ones
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    [QUOTE=candycaneland500;60261203]lady macbeth is shown as a strong woman who has much control over what her husband does. macbeth is shown as nor being in charge in their relationship which is uncomman as men were usually in charge whilst the women would be the weak ones[

    Thanks I like the idea about her control. I've drafted my coursework on this question already and am just looking for any more perceptive, inconspicuous points I could add in, maybe about the change in their relationship dynamic?
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    Examine the way the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is portrayed in Macbeth.


    I don't think she ever really controls him- I think lady Macbeth enhances his already present ambition- she adds to it- just like she adds to his name 'lady'. She plays and torments his masculinity and causes him to do terrible things that he may not have acted on otherwise- but Macbeth does want to do this as at the beginning of the play he thinks about murdering Duncan-" why doth this horrid image unfix my hair"(something along the lines). Towards the end Macbeth no longer needs her- and he goes into isolation- he acts on his own without her spurring him on- so LM is no longer needed and their relationship falls apart.

    I haven't studied Macbeth properly since year 9- so I might be a little off on quotes xD- but my CA is on Macbeth
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    I don't think she ever really controls him- I think lady Macbeth enhances his already present ambition- she adds to it- just like she adds to his name 'lady'. She plays and torments his masculinity and causes him to do terrible things that he may not have acted on otherwise- but Macbeth does want to do this as at the beginning of the play he thinks about murdering Duncan-" why doth this horrid image unfix my hair"(something along the lines). Towards the end Macbeth no longer needs her- and he goes into isolation- he acts on his own without her spurring him on- so LM is no longer needed and their relationship falls apart.

    I haven't studied Macbeth properly since year 9- so I might be a little off on quotes xD- but my CA is on Macbeth

    Thanks for the response! Strangely enough I mentioned something like that in my essay: that she adds (literally and figuratively) something to his name, but on the flipside, only has an identity (again, literally and figuratively) through her husband. The first time we witness her is in an act of ventriloquism; she focuses so entirely on her power and control, yet ultimately can never have any.

    The points you mentioned about her influence on him were something I wanted to ask about. I've discussed in my essay the idea of Original Sin and LM's potential connections (snakes!) with that, exploring the ideas that LM is responsible, through her cunning and manipulation, for her husband's downfall. Could you offer any points for an alternate interpretation in which Macbeth is the culprit?? Many thanks again
 
 
 
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