Ideal Marriage

Beginning as a child, my idea of an ideal marriage has increased steadily over throughout my life. Based on trust, humility, kindness and humour, I picture the perfect married life to have cooperation with the other person involved. In order for a relationship to work, there must be strong trust present and where either people do not have to question what it going on in the other person’s mind. In the beginning of Macbeth, the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth contain a somewhat strong amount of trust within. As Macbeth tells what his plans are for becoming king, he mentions to Lady Macbeth that if she has reasons to not murder King Duncan, then she should tell him, “And chastise with the valour of my tongue.” (1.5.28) An ideal marriage must also have humility and kindness towards the other person. It is unhealthy for one of the members to think themselves superior to the other, therefore a healthy marriage must be humble. For example, if there is superiority within a relationship, the other may have no freedom or control. Having a balanced relationship created more opportunities for that marriage. There is evidence of respect between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, “This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness…” (1.5.11-14) However, the egoistic nature that both of them posses to become royalty, begin the making of their marriage weaker. Another aspect of an ideal marriage is kindness. Marriages that do not contain kindness to either one and want any chance of success in a marriage, need to be kind towards each other. Both Macbeth and his wife contain vengeance within them to kill Duncan so that they can become king and queen. This results in a great lack of kindness towards people that trust in them, leading to a broken relationship, “Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower, / But be the serpent under’t.” (1.5.66-67) For their marriage, this could happen to them as well where the lack of kindness could increase eventually breaking the trust between them. Although trust, humility, and kindness are extremely important for an ideal marriage, I believe that the most important aspect for a long-lasting relationship is humour. They say that laughter is the best medicine and in the case of married life, not being able to make the other laugh, creates a very dull life. Having the ability to make the other laugh creates happiness within both lives, resulting in a more healthy lifestyle. I believe all of these attributes are what makes up the most ideal marriage.

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