Macbeth and King Duncan

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In Act 1 Scenes 5 - 7 of ‘Macbeth’, How does Lady Macbeth convince her husband to kill king Duncan? Focus on her language in Act 1 Scenes 5 -7 in your answer.

In this essay I will be focusing on the language used by Lady Macbeth throughout the play and how she uses it to convince her husband to murder the King. At the beginning of the play, when Macbeth is on the way back from battle, he has already begun thinking about what the three witches had said and killing King Duncan. Lady Macbeth, who appears to be driven by hopes and dreams of becoming queen, finally persuades her husband by breaking him down emotionally and picking at each of his weakest points.

Lady Macbeth is a very ambitious woman, she only sees what she thinks she wants and what stands in the way of her getting it. Her husband is very brave, strong and of high position, also soon to become Thane of Cawdor and well trusted by King Duncan. However, Lady Macbeth is not satisfied with her husbands ranking and wishes for him to be more than this. She wants him to be king. Through her speech its is easy to tell that she is rather head strong and very capable of ordering people about especially when driven by her dream of being Queen.

Strangely enough, even though Lady Macbeth dreams of killing Duncan, she still knows that she wouldn’t be able to commit the deed herself therefore she calls for spirits of darkness to take away her femininity thus, making her evil. “unsex me here and fill me from top to toe full of direst cruelty”. This show that she is capable of committing the act whilst she has no womanly feelings. This is the first time she shows herself as being truly evil as her voice ferocious and strong whereas before she would talk to her husband very softly which now portrays her as a rather violent person.

Lady Macbeth’s first attempt in persuading her husband involves the use of flattery. She does this by greeting him with: “Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor, Greater...
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