Act 1 Scene 7

Characters: Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

Scene set: Macbeth’s Castle, In a room where Duncan and his royalty are not.

Macbeth talks to himself and does not wish to go ahead with plan of killing Duncan and he’s say by doing something terrible such as killing Duncan it wouldn’t be teaching people to commit more violence and that something terrible might come to himself “We still have judgement here,that we but teach bloody instructions,which,being taught,return to plague th’ inventor“.He also mentions that this ambition is taking it one step to far and coul make things worse. “Valuting ambition,which o’er leaps itself and falls on the other“.When Lady Macbeth enters Macbeth explains to her that the wont continue with the plan as Duncan has been good to him and given him so much like Thane of Cawdor. This gives the image that Macbeth isnt after absolute power and he is fine with what he has (which is still a lot).Lady Macbeth it outraged and can see her plan is quickly falling apart “Was the hope drunk,Wherein you dressed yourself“. She goes on calling him a coward and that he can’t act on his ambitions. Macbeth disagrees with this and says”I dare do all that may become a man,Who dares do more is none. Lady Macbeth uses his words against him as it was his idea at first(even though she showed greater interest than he did) and says this “How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me:I would, while it was smiling in my face,Have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums,And dash’d the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this.”This shows Lady Macbeth true nature or perhaps she is trying be more evil like she said she would. She then tells Macbeth the plan and he agrees. Lady Macbeth has successfully changed his mind and Macbeth has the full attent of doing this crime.


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