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Macbeth Coursework What tactics does Lady Macbeth use to persuade her husband to commit murder? Why are her tactics successful? What does this show of their relationship at this early stage in the play and how does their relationship change? There are many tactics in which Lady Macbeth persuades her husband, Macbeth, to commit murder. Lady Macbeth is more ambitious than her husband, and has few moral ethics. This can be seen when she persuades Macbeth to kill King Duncan. However, her guilt later shows that her moral code is evident. She urges Macbeth to kill Duncan, and refuses to understand his doubts and hesitations, which are shown through his soliloquies. Lady Macbeth humiliates Macbeth by questioning his manhood. This can be seen when Lady Macbeth says, "When you durst do it, then you were a man." She tells him that he is not a man if he does not perform the murder. She pressurises Macbeth to commit the murder by using emotive language, " Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn As you have done to this." ...read more.


She wants her desire to be queen, fulfilled. She also minimises the consequences. After the murder of Duncan has taken place, Macbeth comes back with blood on his hands. She shows how guiltless she feels when she says; "A little water clears us of this deed." Lady Macbeth feels that her husband is too soft and lacks the cruelty and ambition to commit the murder of King Duncan. This is seen in Act 1 Scene 5 when she says: "... Thou wouldst be great, Art not without ambition..." Lady Macbeth seems to be more determined for Macbeth to become King than Macbeth. In Act 1 Scene 5, Lady Macbeth reveals her raw ambition and how she will strengthen Macbeth's will to get what she thinks he deserves (to be King). Her determination is also shown when she would have killed Duncan herself, if he had not reminded her of her father, "...Had he not resembled My father as he slept, I had done't." Lady Macbeth taunts her husband for his lack of courage and all the guilt he feels. This is quite ironic as we eventually see her with mercy before she commits suicide as the event of Duncan's murder builds on her and she feels guilty. ...read more.


This shows that she loves and cares for him. However, there is a role reversal when Lady Macbeth consults Macbeth of what to do. "What's to be done?" By the time we get to Act 3, Macbeth is the one who has the stronger mind of the two. Lady Macbeth has lost control and by the end of the play, she has been driven mad through her guilt. At this point, Macbeth has the strongest mind. Lady Macbeth was powerful but is now full of guilt and scared. When Macbeth hears the news about his wife's death, he feels no grief. He feels nothing. "She should have died hereafter." He feels that Lady Macbeth is worthless. The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth changes a lot during the play. It changes from a committed loving relationship to a disrespectful strained and deteriorating relationship. There is a lack of communication and control between them, therefore breaking them apart. Lady Macbeth was once is control. She was once decisive, resourceful, encouraging and promising. Her tactics led Macbeth to commit the murder of King Duncan, just so they could be crowned King and Queen. This changed, where at the end of the play, Macbeth was the one in control and left Lady Macbeth isolated. This was the main cause of the relationship deteriorating. ...read more.

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