Lady Macbeth The Valiant Soldier

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In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth calls on the conventions of gender during Elizabethan times to influence her husband Macbeth. When Lady Macbeth first receives the letter from Macbeth detailing the witches' prophecy, she says that Macbeth is "too full of the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way” (1. 5. 1-3), meaning that Macbeth is too good to do anything and for him to follow his ambition. So when trying to convince Macbeth to murder Duncan, she tells him that he would be considered "so much more the man” (1. 7. 2-3) if he were to follow through on the plan. Macbeth being the valiant soldier is persuaded by this test of his manhood, and he goes ahead with the murder. Later, when Macbeth hallucinates both the dagger and Banquo's ghost

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