The Relationship of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Essay

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The Relationship of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

In Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth', deception plays a very large part in the relationships and thoughts about and towards others. There are phrases thought or talked about by Macbeth and his wife which signify the similarities between them and deceive other.

'Fair is foul and foul is fair' The witches say this at the very beginning of the play (1.1.11) and it is written to confuse us as two phrases that are together and have a link yet are mysterious and have a hidden meaning that is that Macbeth can seem very kind and loyal but actually is evil and treacherous or the opposite with other characters. They are then repeated later on by Macbeth who phrases
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"I am settled, and bend up

Each corporal agent to this terrible feat.

Away, and mock the time with fairest show

False face must hide what the false heart doth know" (1.7.79-82)

Macbeth says this after Lady Macbeth has persuaded him to join her in this terrible feat of manslaughter. He now understands what she was talking about when she said hide your desires and how you do that. This is fundamental deception and again links Macbeth to the witches as they deceive people in the exact way that Macbeth does. 'You cannot tell a man from his face' Macbeth proves this saying with his every action. I think this as he is trying to lie and cover up what he has done but is so conscious of the deed that it haunts him, that he finds doing this impossible.

When Macbeth is told by the witches that he is going to become king he reacts to the words "All hail Macbeth, that shalt be King here-after" (1.3.49) in a way that lets us know that he has thought about being king and murder before, but what we do not know is whether or not Macbeth has discussed this with his wife yet. This is then revealed in act 1 scene 5, when Macbeth walks in on Lady Macbeth talking to herself about being more powerful and plotting to murdering King Duncan. Then when the couple talk about the plot together it shows that the thought has already passed through both their minds and yet has not
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