How does Lady Macbeth dominate her husband throughout the play?
Almost the first thing Lady Macbeth does after Macbeth returns home in Act 1, Scene 5, is give him instructions, showing that she is certainly the more dominant partner in their relationship. She says that, when Duncan arrives, he should "Look like th' innocent flower, / But be the serpent under 't" (1.5.67-68). In other words, she directs him to appear loyal and good as he always has, but to harbor his murderous intentions in secret. In fact, the final line of the scene is hers: she tells Macbeth, "Leave all the rest to me." She will do all the planning of Duncan's murder, and she actually intends to commit the murder herself,...
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