How important is Lady Macbeths influence over Macbeth during the play?

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In Shakespeare's Macbeth, Lady Macbeth's influence over Macbeth is vital.  She is probably the primary influence that leads to Macbeth killing Duncan.

The witches heavily influence Macbeth, too, but they only predict to him that he will be king.  Both he and Lady Macbeth turn that thought into a much more dangerous thought:  you will be king, now, and you will get the throne by assassinating Duncan.  Eerily, Macbeth and his wife take just a few seconds each to turn the thought of the prediction into the thought of assassination.

Macbeth falters, of course, and Lady Macbeth manipulates and...

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In William Shakespeare's play "Mcbeth" the influence hat Lady Mcbeth has over her husband helps to set things in motion.  When Lady Mcbeth hears from her husband about the  prophesy that the witches have foretold she does not want him to wait to ascend the throne.

Lady Mcbeth convinces her husband that the throne has been stated it will be his so he should go ahead and kill the King rather than wait on something had to happen to him.  She is ambitious and wants to be a queen.

Her influence over Macbeth sets off a chain reaction that will eventually lead to his death, her death, and the tragic events of the story.

Lady Mcbeth's influence is very important to the story line.

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