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What techniques does Lady Macbeth use to convince her husband to kill Duncan in Macbeth?

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mia4 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 1, 2010 at 10:05 AM via web

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What techniques does Lady Macbeth use to convince her husband to kill Duncan in Macbeth?

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 6, 2010 at 10:56 AM (Answer #1)

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In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth chides Macbeth's manhood in order to persuade him to kill King Duncan.  When Lady Macbeth receives the letter from her husband explaining the witches' prediction, she immediately realizes that Macbeth is too "full of the milk of human kindness" to go after his ambitions.  At this point, Lady Macbeth decides to become a motivating factor in helping Macbeth gain the throne.  She sets up a plan and presents it to Macbeth.  He, however, finds Duncan a good man and a good kings, so he wavers in his decision to carry out the murder.  Lady Macbeth steps in and tells Macbeth that he would be more of a man if he would just go after his ambitions and carry out whatever actions are necessary to make his goals reality.  She tells him that he would be a coward to let this opportunity pass him.  With this, Macbeth is persuaded to act.

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