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How Does Lady Macbeth Influence Her Husband to Killing King Duncan in Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 1 Scene 7?

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Abdul Khan W3 ???? Monday 15th October 2001 How Does Lady Macbeth Influence Her Husband to Killing King Duncan in Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 1 Scene 7? In Jacobean England people believed in the existence of witches. They believed witches could fly, predict the future, and raise evil spirits, cause fog or tempest, turn day into night and more supernatural things. People were also afraid of witches they thought they could cast spells or curses on them. Witches were also said to let the devil suck their blood in return of a familiar, which could either be a bird or reptile. From 1604 anyone accused of being a witch was executed, and burnt on the stake. Witches fascinated many people including the king of the Jacobean era, King James I. It is suggested that 'Macbeth' the play was written for the King as he had this fascination towards witches. People believed that God chose Kings; therefore if anyone were to murder a King, would burn in hell for all eternity. We are first introduced to Lady Macbeth in Act one Scene five, as she is reading a letter, which was sent to her by her husband informing her of his success ("the day of success") ...read more.


Lady Macbeth's line seems to be like a witches; it sounds like a witches spell. After this Macbeth arrives at the castle, Lady Macbeth does not congratulate him on his win in the battle, but greets him with thoughts of future greatness, and repeats the witches prophecy "Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor, Greater than both by the all-hail hereafter.... I feel now the future in the instant." Macbeth greets her lovingly and reminds her of King Duncan's arrival. She asks when he leaves, he replies "Tomorrow, as he wishes" Lady Macbeth; being very determined replies "O never. Shall sun that morrow see..." After this Lady Macbeth gives Macbeth a 'lesson on deception' she says to Macbeth "Your face my thane, is a book where men ay read strange matters. To beguile the time, look like the time, bear welcome in your eye, your hand, your tongue; look like th'innocent flower, but be the serpent under't." She tells him to hide his evil intentions (if he has any?!) she is trying to change his innocent nature, which is manipulation. Macbeth does not answer her he is not sure about her plans "We will speak further" He probably did not reply with a certain answer because he is scared of disappointing his wife with an answer she does not want to hear. ...read more.


This is not true, it is said to manipulate Macbeth. He is a hero a warrior, brave in the battlefield. Lady Macbeth concludes with violent images and language. Lady Macbeth would kill her own child rather than break such a promise. "I have given suck and know how tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed his brains out, had I sworn as you have done this." This implies that Lady Macbeth would kill her own child rather than break a promise to a person she loves. Macbeth then re-considers; and asks, "If we should fail?" Lady Macbeth then re-assures and explains and outlines the murder plan. Macbeth's final words echo Lady Macbeth's earlier advice, "Bring forth men-children only." Therefore decides to go on and kill King Duncan. Lady Macbeth was very successful in persuading her husband to kill the king. She taunted his masculinity and she taught him to be false she taught him to be deceptive. She used Macbeth's affection for her, to manipulate him. She knew his nature and she was knowledgeable. She was also unsuccessful, as she never lived to be queen for long, she committed suicide through guilt, and she was not as evil as she thought herself to be. ...read more.

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