Compare Macbeth's persuasion of the murders to kill Banquo with Lady Macbeth's persuasion of Macbeth to kill Duncan.Act 3, scene 1THANK YOU SO MUCH :)

Expert Answers
Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The strategies used by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to persuade others to murder for them in Shakespeare's Macbeth are actually quite similar.  Both appeal to the masculinity of their targets. 

Lady Macbeth rhetorically asks her husband:

...Art thou afeard

To be the same in thine own act and valor

As thou art in desire?  Wouldst thou have that

Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life,

And live a coward in thine own esteem,

Letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would,..."  (Act 1.7) 

Lady Macbeth questions his manhood in order to shame him into killing Duncan.

Macbeth does much the same when he's convincing the two murderers to kill Banquo.  He rhetorically asks the murderers:

Do you find your patience so predominant in your nature that you can let this go?  Are you so gospeled to pray for this good man and for his issue, whose heavy hand hath bowed you to the grave and beggared yours for ever?

When the First Murderer replies that they are men, Macbeth employs a degrading metaphor to further question their manhood, implying that they are indeed men, as all manner of dogs are dogs, regardless of their worth.  If you really have a place on the list of men, says Macbeth, then I will give you this job to do.

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both appeal to the manhood of their targets in order to get them to do what they want.  Each uses other methods, as well, of course, but this is the main similarity.