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Explore the way Shakespeare presents the relationship and power struggle between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

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After killing the king, Lady Macbeth’ s strength deteriorates. She is psychologically affected by the inhumane acts she pushed Macbeth into. She becomes insane. Her guilt overpowers her seemingly strong character and she commits suicide. Macbeth remains solitary and full of self doubt. He is left with no one to justify his evil actions. The death of the King Duncan marks a point of no return. Macbeth realizes that he has to keep killing to retain power. His suspicions and insecurities lead him to kill Banquo. He believes Banquo’ s intelligence is a threat to his kingdom.

His knowledge of prophesy that Banquo would have a line of kings gives him more reason to kill Banquo. Macbeths’ continued cruelty leads him to lose popularity among his people. The nobles cease to support him on realizing his association with the king’ s death. An army rises against him and a long term fight between him and Macduff ensues. Macduff’ s opposition against him intensifies and he kills Macbeth, bringing Macbeth’ s head to Malcolm. In the end, Macbeth loses everything. He lost the wife he loved so much.

He lost his partner in greatness, who had manipulated him into doing whatever it took to acquire power. He also lost the power he had done everything to acquire. His quest for power drove him to kill even his best friend. That same quest for power led to his tragic

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preview essay on Explore the way Shakespeare presents the relationship and power struggle between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
  • Pages: 2 (500 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Literature
  • Level: Undergraduate
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