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 …show more content…

I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this.” She uses their baby to make Macbeth vulnerable to her control and this also makes Lady Macbeth seem cold and careless of her baby.

She then continues to insult his masculinity: “When you durst do it, then you were a man” by saying this she is bullying Macbeth out of disagreeing with her. Lady Macbeth thinks

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