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Why was Macbeth persuaded by his wife?

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Lady Macbeth is able to persuade Macbeth to kill Duncan because she appeals not only to his ambitious nature but attacks his manliness. She asks him, "...Wouldst thou have that/Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life,/And live a coward in thine own esteem;..." She questions his love for her and hers for him if he can't go through with this plan. Lady Macbeth then asks why he bothered to tell her about the plan at all if his ambition wasn't greater than his cowardice. She offers to help him to kill Duncan, suggesting she as a woman is stronger than Macbeth. He's unable...

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