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English GCSE Coursework 2007: Macbeth Shakespeare's dramatization of scenes of persuasion Neil Morris 4.2 Persuasion of Macbeth by Lady Macbeth All quotations taken from Act I Scene VII Initially Macbeth is hesitant and not completely confident that he should commit the murder of King Duncan. Lady Macbeth then makes him feel guilty that he does in fact desire Duncan dead and is reluctant and fearful of working towards achieving that. She uses the proverb "Like the poor cat i' th' adage?" wherein Macbeth is like a cat that wants the fish but is unwilling to wet her paws, i.e. make a compromise in order to achieve what he desires. Lady Macbeth then explains how she has "given suck", that is having given birth a child, and has sacrificed a lot more in her past than Macbeth has. This somewhat persuades Macbeth to murder Duncan, but he is still hesitant due to fear of failure of not producing an obvious trace: "If we should fail?" to this Lady Macbeth responds by saying. "But screw your courage to the wall/ and we'll not fail." ...read more.


Banquo thinks it is a good idea too, hence agrees to it. From this point onward, Macbeth appears to make Banquo suspicious: "If you shall cleave to my consent when 'tis/ it shall make honor for you." This quotation means that if Banquo follows Macbeth's advice it will prove rewarding. This might have caused some suspicion in the mind of Banquo, because to it he replies that he will "cleave to his consent", i.e. follow Macbeth's advice, if he can keep his "Bosom franchised", i.e. his heart free of guilt, and his "allegiance clear", that is his faith and honor towards King Duncan. From this quotation, it can be inferred that Banquo thought, prior to saying this, that Macbeth's advice may not be entirely honorable to King Duncan, and might differ from his will. In response to this Macbeth conveys his agreement and Banquo thanks him. This concludes Act II scene I, and following this act is a soliloquy wherein Macbeth's subconscious is instigating his hallucination of a dagger. ...read more.


This insinuates Malcolm's suspicious of Macduff's role in the conspiracy alongside Macbeth, because Macduff shows no excessive concern for the safety of his family, and left them without even bidding them farewell. Malcolm then says to Macduff to not let his apparent suspiciousness of Macduff to be a cause for concern, for it is for Malcolm's self-defense. This, as the readers are aware, is not true, but is in fact a way to exact the truth from Macduff. Later on, Malcolm speaks of how he possesses no "king-becoming graces", such as perseverance, mercy, humility or fortitude. At this point of time Macduff appears to be in a state of anguish. Soon after this, Malcolm is satisfied by Macduff's response and is fully convinced of his vehemence and that his anguish is not fabricated. The response that is the one that most likely stimulated Malcolm's persuasion was: "These evils thou repeat'st upon thyself/ Hath banished me from Scotland. O my breast,/ Thy hope ends here." On saying this, Malcolm admits that everything he told Macduff was merely a test of his loyalty and devotion. ...read more.

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