Changes in Relationships Throughout “Macbeth” by Shakespeare and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams

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Relationships between two characters can be determined by how they speak

to each other, how they act towards each other or how others speak about them. In

the plays “Macbeth” by Shakespeare and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee

Williams there are relationships that change over the course of the plays. In

Macbeth,” Macbeth himself and Lady Macbeth go through many stages in their

relationships through out the play. They later find out that they were never in love

through death and betrayals. In “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Big Daddy and Big Mama

have a different relationship than Macbeth but they still go through problems that

relate to death as well. Both of these plays are examples of how relationships change

through the plays.

In the Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth,” Macbeth and Lady Macbeth don’t have a

typical relationship. Throughout the play Lady Macbeth seems to be very controlling

and some might say even a bit crazy while Macbeth is very to himself for most of the

play. In the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth is the one that causes the killing of

Duncan. After the killing of Duncan the relationship between Macbeth and Lady

Macbeth isn’t the same. Shakespeare writes “I am in blood Stepp’d in so far, that,

should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er” (Act V Scene I). What

Lady Macbeth is speaking about when she says this in the play is that she can’t and

will not get over Duncan’s death. This also
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