Lady Macbeth wants Macbeth to be more hard-hearted—more of a "man"—and less vacillating or indecisive in his resolve to kill Duncan. She is as ambitious as Macbeth if not more so, and the idea that he is having second thoughts and strongly considering backing out of the murder has her alarmed.
She knows how to appeal to Macbeth, and she does so with vigor. She attacks his masculinity, saying that if she were him, she would absolutely go through with a promised action, even if it were to dash her baby's brains out. If she, a mere woman, has the resolution to go through with such an unnatural act, why isn't he being more of a man? Why isn't he acting with some courage? She dismisses Macbeth's foreboding about the consequences of what they are about to do.
She persuades Macbeth to move ahead with the...
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