In Act 1 Scenes 5-7 of ‘Macbeth’, How Does Lady Macbeth Convince Her Husband to Murder King Duncan?

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Macbeth is a tragedy written by Shakespeare. at the start of the play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relationship is strong and that they see each other as partners “of greatness”. Although most of the blame is put onto Lady Macbeth by the audience, Macbeth already had ambition and was already thinking of murdering King Duncan. But how exactly did Lady Macbeth convince her husband to murder King Duncan?

Before Macbeth returns home from battle Lady Macbeth is already outlining Macbeth’s flaws and voicing her concern that he is too good-hearted to commit the murder. After reading the letter from her husband, she says: “Yet do I fear thy nature, It is too full o’th’milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way”. This shows that she thinks Macbeth is to nice to murder King Duncan. Lady Macbeth is scared that Macbeth’s kind nature will jeopardise their chances of power and she is worried that if Macbeth backs out they will not get what they want. At this point she is thinking of the ways in which she can convince her husband to murder King Duncan.

Lady Macbeth begins to convince Macbeth to murder King Duncan by using flattery: “Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor, Greater than both by the all-hail hereafter”. This convinces him because wives would not normally call their husbands by their titles, in doing this Lady Macbeth is boosting Macbeth’s ego so he will do whatever she wants him to. By then calling him “Greater than both” she believes all that the witches have said and wants Macbeth to be king as much as he does. She is also telling him what he could go on to achieve. Lady Macbeth does this because she wants to convince Macbeth to murder King Duncan and so needs Macbeth on her side.

Lady Macbeth restores Macbeth’s confidence in their plan to murder King Duncan by taking on most of the work: “Leave all the rest to me” although she could mean that she is scared of giving Macbeth to much of the work as he may ruin their chances of getting power or that she wants...
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