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How does Lady Macbeth use emotional tactics to motivate her husband as Macbeth appears to have second thoughts about murdering Duncan in Macbeth?

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After Duncan arrives at Macbeth's castle at Inverness, Macbeth develops second thoughts about murdering him. In act 1, scene 7, he tells Lady Macbeth "we will proceed no further in this business" because Duncan has honored and promoted him, and he is enjoying his new renown. Lady Macbeth's reaction is instantaneous and angry. She asks him a series of questions that all imply that if he fails to act, he is in her eyes, a coward. She calls into question his manhood and loyalty to her, claiming that if she had made a promise to him to kill their infant, she would have done so without fail. Lady Macbeth also reassures her husband that if he can summon his courage, they will not fail, detailing how she will do her part to frame the guards. She convinces him that the plan is foolproof.

The emotions that Lady Macbeth plays on are her husband's masculine pride, and guilt and shame should he disappoint her. At the end of...

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