Marriages: Macbeth vs. Othello
In William Shakespeare’s plays Macbeth and Othello, he provides two examples of how marriages can exist. In Macbeth, there is great love in the marriage despite the chaotic plot. In Othello, there was great love at first, but that all ended when the chaos was too much to handle. Shakespeare has a brilliant way of taking an everyday life and turning it upside down with many obstacles in between. Othello for example, fell in love with Desdemona and despite their color or her father’s disapproval, they got married. It was not until they were put through stress and dramatic situations this love fell apart. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth on the other hand maintained their love for each other throughout the whole play, even though their psychotic mindsets were what kept them on the same page. Lady Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s stronger female characters. Unlike Desdemona in Othello, Lady Macbeth has a very strong influence on Macbeth’s life. Macbeth considers her his “dearest partner of greatness” (1.5.11) as he writes her a letter to inform her of the three witches’ prophecies. As Lady Macbeth read this letter stating that the witches told Macbeth he would soon be King of Scotland and the current ruler, King Duncan, is going to dine with them that evening. The remarkable quality this uncovers about the couple’s relationship is that they did not have to be together to have the same plan in mind, they were simply on the same page even when not side by side. Lady Macbeth knew what had to be done the moment Macbeth’s letter came to her, to kill Duncan for the crown. Even though carrying on with this plan was hard for Macbeth, Lady Macbeth encouraged him to follow through with it as she was looking out for his future. As the Macbeths carry out their plot to murder Duncan, it starts to affect them both in a dawning manner. Macbeth has instant guilt as he cannot get over the blood on his hands and the...
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