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MACBETH LITERARY ESSAY How Does Lady Macbeth Overcome Macbeths Resistance To The Murder Of Duncan In Macbeth William Shakespeare portrays Lady Macbeth as a strong-willed ambitious woman even more so than her husband Infact Lady Macbeth is considered more brutal and ruthless than Macbeth as she shreds his conscience to pieces finally convincing him to fulfill his ambition by murdering King Duncan After deep contemplation Macbeth decides not to murder Duncan fearing the even-handed justice which might follow In addition Macbeth considers his betrayal dishonourable since he is a kinsman and a subject to Duncan whose virtues will plead like angels if murdered However Lady Macbeth upon reading Macbeths letter foresees the emergence of his weakness or rather his conscience LADY MACBETH Glamis thou art and Cawdor and shalt be What thou art promised Yet do I fear thy nature It is too full o the milk of human kindness Interestingly Macbeth chooses not to share all his fears with his wife Instead he defends his decision be expressing his reluctance to sacrifice his newfound golden opinions However Lady Macbeths scornful and scathing attack on his manhood and his courage causes Macbeth to once again contemplate murder LADY MACBETH Art thou afeard To be the same in thine own act and valour As thou art in desire Lady Macbeths determination to drain Macbeths milk of human kindness is at times terrifying as her intense resoluteness depicts her as somewhat inhumane appalling not only the audience but also Macbeth LADY MACBETHHow tender t is 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 the brains out had I so sworn as you Have to done this Through Lady Macbeths violent declaration Shakespeare corrupts the
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