Lady Macbeth is portrayed as an equally ambitious partner, who goes to great lengths in order to convince her husband to follow through with the assassination plot. She begins to persuade her husband to commit regicide by assuring him that her plan is foolproof. She initially instructs her husband to look "like an innocent flower" and leave the plans entirely up to her. Despite assuring her husband that everything will be fine, Macbeth expresses his concern and reluctance to follow through with the murderous plot in act one, scene seven.
After Macbeth refuses to commit regicide, Lady Macbeth responds by calling her husband a coward and comparing him to a cat that wants a fish but is too afraid to get its feet wet. She questions his will and manhood by saying,
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,”...
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