Who is the Dominant Partner between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?

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The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is very strange. In the relationship, throughout the play, both take turns to assume the role of being the dominant partner. What is unusual about this is the fact that at this period in time, the man typically was the one controlling the relationship, but in this case, for a lot of the time it is in fact Lady Macbeth that is the dominant force in their relationship.

In Act 1, Scene 5 we can see that Lady Macbeth is very ambitious for Macbeth. I believe that the reason she is so eager for the prophecies about Macbeth to come true, is because she knows that if Macbeth becomes a more important figure in society, so will she. Lady Macbeth
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As the more dominant and ruthless of the two, it is Lady Macbeth that devises the plan for killing Duncan, and tells Macbeth to “Leave all the rest with me.” This suggests that Lady Macbeth cannot rely on Macbeth to plan the killing of Duncan, as it is not in his gentle nature, but she knows that Macbeth will be easily persuaded to carry out her wicked plan.

After Macbeth kills Duncan he feels very guilty, and says, “will great Neptunes ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?” This suggests that although he can physically wash the blood off his hands, he cannot wash away the bad feelings of guilt that comes with it. Macbeth gets quite agitated about what he has just done, and once again Lady Macbeth establishes her role as the more dominant figure, and tries to diffuse and calm the situation down. She tells Macbeth “Consider it not so deeply”, which means that the deed has been done, so just try and forget about it.

Although Lady Macbeth seems to be very calm and calculated, I feel that she is not only trying to convince Macbeth that the part they played in Duncan’s death is not so significant, but she is also trying to convince herself. Perhaps this is the first sign that Lady Macbeth is not the dominant ruthless, unemotional person that she thinks

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