Name:Instructor:Course:Date:THELOVE BETWEEN MACBETH AND LADY MACBETHTheMacbeth play by William Shakespeare is a play that is cast in the 11th Centuryin Scotland. The play revolves around a plot by the title Character Macbeth andhis lady, Lady Macbeth to overthrow the sitting king of Scotland, King Duncan.The play presents an interesting theme, that is, the love between Macbeth andLady Macbeth. Amidst, this plot is the theme of the love between Macbeth andLady Macbeth. This theme runs throughout the play though with some notableinterferences.
We first encounter this love in Act 1, scene v. Here, Macbethhas just received a prophecy from the three witches that he will become theKing of Scotland. The first witch says, “Allhail, Macbeth. Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor” and the second witch says “All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane ofCawdor.”Macbethis at this time a general in the army of King Duncan. Macbeth, together withBanquo has just successfully won the war against the Norwegian army.
Harold bloom analyzes this love affair, as “bestmarriage in Shakespeare.” The love is true to the extent that it is characterizedby trust, adoration, affection and support for each other. TrustForemost,the love between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is founded on mutual trust. In thisregard, Macbeth cannot wait to break the news of this prophecy to his wife,Lady Macbeth. In any case, Macbeth has no reasons to doubt the prophecies ofthe three witches.
The three witches had just prophesied that Macbeth would bemade Thane of Cawdor, This prophesy came true in no time as Ross and Angusappear with the news that King Duncan has bestowed Macbeth with the title ofThane of Cawdor( Act 1, scene 3).Macbeth immediately sends a letter to LadyMacbeth telling him of the news of the prophecies. The contents of the letter could well amountto treason, but Macbeth does not hesitate to inform Lady Macbeth of theprophecy from the prophesies, “This has I thought good todeliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness that thou mightst not lose thedues of rejoicing, by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee…” (Act1, scene v)AdorationSecondly,the Macbeths adore each other. Lady Macbeth adores his husband, Macbeth byaddressing him with respectable titles. For instance, he addresses him as, Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor (Act 1, scenev).
Afterreceiving the news from the Husband that he has been bestowed with the title ofThane of Cawdor, Lady Macbeth, acclaims in pride, “Glammis Thou Art….yet I do fear thy nature; it is too full o.th’ …milkof human kindness…thou wouldest be great, art not without ambition, but withoutthe illness should attend it.
What thou wouldest highly…”AffectionTheaffection between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is evident in the play. King Duncanis seen in awe of the love between Macbeth and his Lady. King Duncan seesMacbeth’s affection as “sharp as hisspur.” Macbeth greets Lady Macbeth with affection. Hecalls her “my dearest love” and “dearest partner of greatness”.
This love is clearly genuine to the extentthat it is rather unusual to find a man of the age of Macbeth to call his wifeas such. Particularly, at those times, women were greatly victimized and seenas a weaker sex. Unity Afterthe prophecy by the three witches that Macbeth will be King of Scotland, theMacbeths together embark on the mission to oust the reigning King of Scotland,King Duncan. This is not a simple endeavor. During the times of Elizabethan andJacobean, it was claimed that kings were direct appointees of God and thereforeanswerable to God. It would, therefore, mean that resisting the king, let aloneplan his murder was evil to God himself.Thetwo are united even when Macbeth feels that he cannot carry the plan intoaction.
Macbeth categorically says to Lady Macbeth, he “will proceed no further in this business.” However, Lady Macbeth doesnot let this fear spoil the plan but continues to taunt on his fears by sayingto him that he will only be a man if he executes the plot that is the murder ofKing Duncan (Act 1, scene 7)” Eager for each other’s advancementMostof all, Harold Bloom sees the love of the Macbeths as great to the extent thateach of them is eager for the other’s advancement. Afterreceiving the letter from Macbeth, Lady Macbeth murmurs that Macbeth is, “full of the ‘milk of human kindness”and thus lacks the courage to affect the plot to take the necessary measures tohave him bestowed as the King of Scotland. Lady Macbeth, therefore, embarks toinstill on Macbeth the needed courage to bring into effect the plot.
Sheimplores on Macbeth to get home quick so she can, “I may pour my spirits in thine earand chastise with valor of my tongue.” LadyMacbeth even goes to the extent of challenging his manhood just to challengehim to be up to the task. Lady Macbeth calls Macbeth a coward when Macbethseems to let go of the plot to kill King Duncan. She says, “Whenyou durst do it, “/ ” …then you are a man”(Act 1, scene 7)Thisis also true of Macbeth who does not hesitate to allow his lady the chance tohave a say in his decision. This is a special kind of love bearing in mind thatduring Shakespeare times women were regarded as the weaker sex with less or nosignificance at all. However in theplay, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is the dominant character in the decisions ofMacbeth until they become the King and Queen of King Scotland (Rowman andLittlefield, pg. 113)ConclusionHowever,Harold Blood statement is not entirely true.
The love between the Macbeths’ canbe described as frail. Their love quickly frails into an empty shell after thedeath of King Duncan. Macbeth quicklyasserts himself as the man and consults Lady Macbeth less in his decisions. Forinstance, he never informs Lady Macbeth of his murder of Macduff’s family.
Further, it can be correct to say that Macbeth was using Lady Macbeth as ascapegoat to achieve hos heinous plot. Macbeth actually confesses that he has’no spur to prick the sides of his intent.’Also,Lady Macbeth never opens up any of his problems to Macbeth. It is evident thatMacbeth and Lady Macbeth have stopped sharing of their emotions (Kivett,’Macbeth and lady Macbeth Relationship’). Macbeth also stops seeing Lady Macbeth as equally significant toinfluence his decisions.
Macbeth, says, “beinnocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck,” notably, Macbeth, is now callinglady Macbeth as a “chunk.” Inthe end, the love between the Macbeths crumbles, both physically andemotionally. This can be attributed to the fact that the love messed with apower greater that itself.
Even so, atthe death of Lady Macbeth, Macbeth is broken and distraught. The death of LadyMacbeth could be seen as the worst thing that has happened to Macbeth. BibliographyShakespeare,William. The Tragedy of Macbeth. The Harvard Classics. New York:P.F.
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