Lady Macbeth Reflection

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She greets the king with kind words, “amiable humility” and “heaps dissimulation on dissimulation by showing the deepest gratitude for the great honour” of having the king in her house. (Pfundheller 3) The power of Lady’s words upon Macbeth and her determination to achieve the criminal plan are valued in the seventh scene. Macbeth’s soft character and his weak-will determine him to have second-thoughts and “proceed no further in this business” (1.7.34), but Lady Macbeth succeeds to pursue him to continue the plan: Art thou afeard To be the same in thine own act and valor As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would,” Like the poor cat i’ th’ adage? (1.7.43-49) Once again “Lady Mabeth’s eloquence is too much for him. Under her jibes at his unmanliness he progresses from a king of petulant, but still honourable, boasting (“I dare do all that may become a man”), through a state of amoral consideration of mere expediency, to complete resolution, but still with a full understanding of the weakness of his act.” (Lerner 183) The Queen demands him to be more than a man, to demonstrate that he has courage and not to be afraid of failure. She has arranged a plan that would help them to murder Duncan. In the night, she will serve “wine and wassail” to the two guards to sleep them and to obtain free pass to the king’s room. After Duncan’s assassination, Lady

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