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In Macbeth, how does Lady Macbeth persuade her husband to kill Duncan, other than by...

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mamboqueene | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 21, 2009 at 6:13 AM via web

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In Macbeth, how does Lady Macbeth persuade her husband to kill Duncan, other than by questioning his manhood and his love for her?

What is her method of persuasion?

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 28, 2009 at 4:22 PM (Answer #1)

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Lady Macbeth uses several other psychological weapons on Macbeth to persuade him to follow through in Duncan's murder. She shames him by asking if he is afraid to act on his desires. She tries to make him feel guilty, asking why he would even raise with her the possibility of gaining the throne if he did not plan to act on it, implying that he had been unfair to her to raise her own hopes. She tries to reason logically with him, pointing out that he wanted to kill the king, but now when the time and place were right for such a deed, he suddenly didn't want to. She emphasizes the disgraceful thing he is doing by backing out when she says that she would rather kill her own nursing infant than do what he is doing now. Finally, she assures him that they will not fail because she has a perfect plan. Macbeth bows to her persuasion: "I am settled . . . ."

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