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Based on the contents of the letter in act I, scene v, how would you describe Macbeth...

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vittyj | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 13, 2010 at 6:02 AM via web

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Based on the contents of the letter in act I, scene v, how would you describe Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's relationship?

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amswain1 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 13, 2010 at 6:24 AM (Answer #1)

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The letter to Lady Macbeth is very telling. First off, it is impressive that Macbeth is writing her at all considering that during the time period in which the play is set men were not required to answer to their wives. The fact that he is writing her, shows the audience he values her. Additionally, consider that he is sharing something so personal, the prophecies. He would not share the prophecies with Ross and Angus in scene iv; instead, Macbeth and Banquo spoke in asides in order to conceal the information the witches gave them. Macbeth was startled by the prophecies, and since he wishes to discuss them with his wife, we are given the impression that they have a close relationship. They have a relationship that depends on communication at this point. Macbeth even calls his wife his “dearest partner in greatness.” This quote allows the audience to imagine that theirs is am equal relationship.

 

I hope this helps. Good luck!

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