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The Manipulation of Macbeth
Updated: 5/23/2020
The Manipulation of Macbeth
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Act 1 Scene 7

Storyboard Text

  • Macbeth is so noble of a kinsman. I am so glad I made him thane of Cawdor. He will do great things.
  • Macbeth has made up his mind and chosen the right moral decision with no doubt in his mind.
  • Duncan is far too good of a king and man to do this. I have decided not to kill him. This is final. I will tell my wife.
  • We will proceed no further in this business. He hath honored me of late.
  • UNTIL...
  • Wouldst thou have that which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, and live a coward in thine own esteem ?
  • Lady Macbeth knows that her husband worries about his image and will not want to seem cowardly.
  • What if she is right? I don't want to be seen as a coward. No, I can't. Surely when she sees that we could fail she'll understand my hesitation.
  • My husband is weak. With a push from me in exactly the right direction he will do what I want. He just needs some influence.
  • Lady Macbeth insults his courage once again, at last winning the argument due to her manipulation through Macbeth's desire to be great.
  • If we should fail?
  • But Screw your courage to the sticking place, and we'll not fail.
  • Lady Macbeth has caused Macbeth's original thoughts to take a completely different turn through manipulation.
  • I am settled, and bend up each corporal agent to his terrible feat.
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