Comment on the relationship between Lord and Lady Macbeth in Act I.  I need an urgently answer! Thank you!

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     It may help to look closely at the specific kind of language that is used by both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth when speaking to each other.  This often reveals their attitudes towards one another.  For example, in their first onstage encounter, Lady Macbeth greets her husband by calling him "Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor", while Macbeth calls his wife "My dearest love".  What does this suggest?  It seems as though Lady Macbeth is focused on her desire for her husband to gain power, while Macbeth displays a more affectionate, personal attitude towards his wife.

     In Act 1 Scene 7, Lady Macbeth taunts her husband by calling him a coward and questioning his masculinity.  She persuades him to go through with the murder of Duncan.  She seems to dominate him.  After the murder is committed, Macbeth begins to feel guilty, but Lady Macbeth seems to want to avoid blame.  Only later does she begin to feel anxious and finally, guilty.  When she commits suicide, Macbeth reflects on the meaninglessness of life in a famous monologue, saying that,

"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And then is heard no more.  It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury

signifying nothing."