The relationship between the Macbeths

The Macbeths are initially close

The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth makes for an interesting analysis. Unlike the lovers in Romeo and Juliet, they are not a young couple and have been together for a long time. We sense that they know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and complement each other. 

The fact that Macbeth chooses to reveal the prophecy to his wife (the letter in Act 1, Scene 5) shows that they have a close relationship - perhaps unusually close for a time when most marriages were marriages of convenience. In the letter, he respectfully addresses her as “my dearest partner of greatness” (1.5.11). Later, he lovingly greets her with “my dearest love” (1.5.64). Right from the start we see that Macbeth seeks his wife’...

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