What are two quotes that show Lady Macbeth manipulating Macbeth in Macbeth?
Two quotes that show Lady Macbeth manipulating Macbeth in Macbeth are the passages in act 1, scene 6 where she asks him, "Was the hope drunk / Wherein you dress'd yourself?" and where she states, "When you durst do it, then you were a man...."
The quotes you are looking for are in Act I, Scene vii. Macbeth is having second thoughts about killing Duncan, but Lady Macbeth refuses to allow him to pass up the opportunity to be king. Lady Macbeth says the following lines to him:
Was the hope drunk
Wherein you dress'd yourself? Hath it slept since?(40)
And wakes it now, to look so green and pale
At what it did so freely? From this time
Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard
To be the same in thine own act and valor
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We are introduced to Lady Macbeth in Act I, scene 5, and before she even speaks directly to her husband, we know she is set upon steering his actions. While some of the quotes in her initial soliloquy are trite and overused in explaining her manipulative nature, there are more understated examples in I.v. and further in the Act.
In I.v., Macbeth begins a conversation with her, and the second thing she says to him begins, "O, never / Shall sun that morrow see!" indicating that it is a foregone conclusion that Duncan will die in their home tonight. She does not even probe to determine if Macbeth is thinking of regicide; she states that it will happen.
In I.vii., when she is beginning to lay out the plan more specifically, she says, "When you durst do it, then you were a man;/ And, to be more than what you were, you would / Be so much more the man." While that line may be overlooked, it is a significant example of her manipulation. She is calling his very manhood into question, saying that he will not be a man until he murders Duncan. Macbeth has previously unseamed an opponent in battle, but she has the gall to insinuate he is not a man.
While there are a number of more well-known quotes that indicate her manipulation, there are just as many that are subtle indicators that Lady Macbeth was going to twist her husband's will to fulfill her own desires.