How Does Lady Macbeth Persuade Macbeth to Kill Duncan?

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How does Lady Macbeth persuade Macbeth to kill King Duncan? At the start of the play Macbeth starts of as a brave and loyal man who had a lot of respect for his king, Duncan. He won the battle between the old king of Cawdor and the Norwegian king which shows he was a strong warrior. By winning this, King Duncan makes Macbeth the thane of Cawdor which boosts his position up in the social hierarchy. At the moment a lot of people seem to be fond of Macbeth and look up to him. The social hierarchy is very important in the play, with Duncan as king, Macbeth as thane and then lady Macbeth at the bottom. This would be the normal and natural order of the hierarchy and no one dares to commit regicide – killing of the king. Except for Lady Macbeth, who is against the hierarchy and wants Macbeth to kill Duncan so he can become king; however committing regicide comes with a lot of consequences... In Macbeth’s soliloquy, (Act 1 Scene7) which is when he would be at the front of the stage by himself and expressing his feelings to us, the audience, he lets us know how he is feeling towards what Lady Macbeth has asked of him. He feels that by murdering Duncan it would be completely unnatural as he would be going against the social Hierarchy. Also, he would be betraying Duncan as he is his host who should be protecting him. Duncan completely trusts Macbeth so it would be awful to commit regicide Macbeth feels. This quote supports this: `He’s here in double trust: First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, who should against his murderer, shut the door not, bear the knife himself.’ (1.7.12,13,14,15,16.) By saying this Macbeth is explaining Duncan trusts him in two ways, firstly because he is his kinsman and his subject therefore he should always try and protect him, and also because he is his host, he shouldn’t be murdering him

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