How Does Lady Macbeth Convince Macbeth To Kill Duncan

What techniques does Lady Macbeth use to convince her husband to kill Duncan in Macbeth?

Lady Macbeth uses several persuasive techniques to convince her husband murder King Duncan, including rhetorical questions and hyperbole. Macbeth wants to abandon their murder plot, but Lady Macbeth shames his weakness, calling into question his manliness and ambition. Lady Macbeth concludes her persuasive appeal with a stunning use of hyperbole, claiming that she would be willing to kill her own child before she backed down from a promise.

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The techniques that Lady Macbeth has used to manipulate her husband have been well identified and explained in the above answers. I believe the question remains of why Shakespeare chose to have her use all her persuasive powers to make Macbeth go through with a murder he did not want to commit, a murder he deplores even while he is committing it. He tells her:

We will proceed no further in this business:
He hath honor'd me of late, and I have bought
Golden opinions from all sorts of people,
Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,
Not cast aside so soon. (1.7)

Just prior to that, in a soliloquy, he has gone over all the reasons why he should not kill Duncan . It is obviously against all his instincts and inclinations to do what his wife wants. It would seem that Shakespeare was trying his best to make Macbeth a somewhat sympathetic figure by casting the blame for the murder as much as possible on his wife. We feel that Macbeth would never have gone through with the bloody deed if his wife...

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