Through Act 1, Macbeth is no doubt seen as the physical leader in their relationship. He is praised multiple times throughout the act for his prowess and his humbleness that is shown towards the King's praise of him. However, Lady Macbeth does have an intellectual edge over Macbeth, her husband, and acts like both Queen Margaret and Richard III in her rhetoric mastermind over men. She questions her own husbands manhood and cowardice. It is apparent that her words plant seeds of doubt in the mind of Macbeth which made lead him to rash and horrible decisions.
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One could interpret the more dominant partner in the relationship to be Lady Macbeth in preference to Macbeth, and although the readers are to view Macbeth as a vigorous and self-reliant man its quite obvious throughout the rest of Act 1 who the prevailing partner is. A reader could decipher Lady Macbeth as being more assertive in the way she regards herself. She thinks of herself as mentally above Macbeth and believes to know him better than he knows himself leading her to constantly berate and emasculate him through her words. She directly plays into his desire to "prove himself" and therefore even the slightest comments provoke him and form ideas in his mind. This shows the readers clearly who the more dominant partner is because even though Macbeth has the physical edge, Lady Macbeth certainly has the cerebral edge and consistently shows her dominance through her words and ultimately influences most of Macbeth's decisions.
Macbeth has always shown his dominance by the respect people give him and his position in society. His leadership skills and the way he is praised by the King and others elevates him to a dominant status. However, one can clearly make the argument that the wife of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, could easily be seen as more dominant than Macbeth. Lady Macbeth continually makes cunning, sly remarks and commands Macbeth to do things he normally wouldn't do under his own will. She has a mental edge over Macbeth, almost as if she controls controls Macbeth's will just by using her words. She constantly demeans Macbeth by making him feel less of a man, and takes advantage of the soft spots within him. Many of Macbeth's actions are results of Lady Macbeth's requests of him, so it is very easy to interpret Macbeth being Lady Macbeth's "puppet".
I believe that without question Lady Macbeth is the leader in the relationship. As intimidating and powerful as Macbeth is, his heart seems to be made of gold. In other words, he seems to have a soft side to him. Lady Macbeth is definitely lacking in any sort of soft side. She is iron fisted, determined, and could really be seen as dangerous during her pursuit to put Macbeth on the throne over Duncan. She is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve her goal, which includes killing people along the way. Lady Macbeth is extremely smart, and cunning, playing with her husband's ego, making him feel like less than a man, or emasculating him. It is obvious her goal is to give Macbeth some motivation to kill Duncan, and anyone else who gets in his way, to seize the throne and prove her wrong.
In my opinion, Lady Macbeth is most definitely the more dominant one in the relationship between her and Macbeth. Macbeth is a very strong leader who is very powerful, but Lady Macbeth is far more intimidating. She is a very strong female role in this play. Lady Macbeth had a sort of spell over everything Macbeth does. She can convince him of outrageous things as we see in Act 2 when Macbeth is moved by Lady Macbeth to kill the King. I think that this is foreshadowing some further damage Lady Macbeth might do. She will have to convince Macbeth to be on board with all over her scheming and sneaky plots. Lady Macbeth is a smart woman and knows exactly how to control Macbeth with her every word.
Lady Macbeth is the more dominant figure in the relationship. She does not equivocate and knows what she wants and does not waver from her plan. She unlike Macbeth does not have any "supernatural" forces controlling her therefore she is more free to make her own decisions. She knows Macbeth's strengths and weaknesses and how to play the field. She is very cunning and ambitious and does steer away from the ultimate goal. Therefore she is the most dominant in the relationship between her and Macbeth.
In my opinion, Lady Macbeth is clearly the "leader" in the relationship. She shows this dominance by way of her extensive verbal power. Lady Macbeth is a very strong and intimidating female role in the play. She is determined, ambitious, and willing to do anything, even kill a king, to achieve what she wants. While Macbeth is an impressive physical leader, his life inside the home seems to be greatly influenced by the woman of the house. Macbeth often has influential speakers feeding him 'wisdom,' if it be from the witches or Lady Macbeth, he ends up going along with what they say. This shows Macbeth's softer side, giving Lady Macbeth more opportunities to express her dominant role in the relationship.
Lady Macbeth is completely in control of the relationship. When she found out Duncan was visiting them, she immediately thought up an evil scheme to get rid of the king. She is very manipulative and uses her "honey tongue" like Richard III in order to persuade Macbeth to follow through on her plan. For a female in this time period, she is very strong and shows dominance in this relationship. It is clear she fights for what she wants and ends up getting what she wants when Macbeth kills Duncan. This proved that she is controlling the relationship.
Lady Macbeth obviously dominants over her husband in their marriage. Yes, Macbeth is a powerful and well respected man, but his wife easily overpowers him with rhetoric and verbal power. She is strong willed, ambitious, determined, and will do anything to get what she desires. Macbeth is a very strong and skillful leader physically, but his wife seems to stand behind him to push him in the direction she sees most fit. Lady Macbeth uses her words to deliver small comments or jabs at Macbeth's confidence as a leader and as a man of the house, provoking him and causing him to play into her manipulation.
Lady Macbeth is more dominant in their relationship. A clear example of this is when she convinces Macbeth to kill Duncan. Until he meets with Lady Macbeth, Macbeth went back and forth with himself on whether or not to kill Duncan. She also tells him ,” That i may pour spirits in thine ear,”(1.5.29.). This quote shows that she is going to manipulate him into doing what she wants. Another example of her strength is seen after Macbeth killed Duncan. Lady Macbeth is the one that cleans up his mess. She shows him how to act and what to do after the murder. Another strong point for Lady Macbeth, in this scene, is that Macbeth is morally destroyed after killing Duncan, yet Lady Macbeth is calm, cool, and collected. She has a sound mind that works for the both of them in order to pull off Duncan’s murder. Overall, Lady Macbeth is more dominant in their relationship because she convinces Macbeth to kill Duncan and helps him get away with the murder.
Though the Macbeth is the face of the relationship Lady Macbeth has shown herself as the dominant one in their relationship. On the battlefield Macbeth is in control but when it comes to his relationship Lady Macbeth calls the shots. Lady Macbeth has already been married before so she has more experience than Macbeth does. She is just as ambitious as Macbeth and she uses her words to control Macbeth, with the occasional help from witches. Lady Macbeth always made Macbeth feel insecure by commenting on his weakness. She also mentioned Macbeth did not have any heirs hinting toward the fact Macbeth was not a true man, he could not prolong his legacy. Lady Macbeth is not afraid of Macbeth because she is in control over him. She made him kill Duncan his friend though he did not want to kill him. Lady Macbeth has a strong female lead and she shows her dominance throughout the play using Macbeth as a tool to get what she wants, the throne and the power that comes with it.
Initially, Lady Macbeth is much more dominant than Macbeth their marital relationship. In Act I., she easily manipulates Macbeth to kill Duncan after Macbeth shares the witches prophesies with her. She does this by attacking Macbeth’s manliness and calling him a coward. Then she details her seemingly infallible and ingenious plan to kill Duncan. Her personal attacks on Macbeth coupled with his brilliant plan, convince Macbeth to go forward with his execution of Duncan. Clearly, Lady Macbeth is highly manipulative and imposing, a testament to her dominance in their relationship early on. However, as the play progresses it becomes obvious that Macbeth is in the driver’s seat, as his bloody reign and unflagging ambition indicate many time. After killing Duncan, Lady Macbeth eventually becomes paranoid, sleep walking and fretting over the murder of Duncan that she commanded. This ultimately leads to her suicide Meanwhile, Macbeth continues his murderous rampage unabatedly, killing Banquo and Macduff’s family without remorse. This undeniably shows how Macbeth has assumed the dominant role in his relationship with his wife.