The Manipulation of Macbeth
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Act 1 Scene 7
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.
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.