Assertive Lady Macbeth

“It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” Lady Macbeth understands that when she is convincing Macbeth to go through with the murder, that whatever she says must be spoken with an utmost confidence. Her bold choice of language shows she has a gift of assertiveness. When Macbeth questions to the possibility of failure she retorts, “We, fail?” as if that outcome was almost non-existent, and then follows boldly with, “But screw your courage to the sticking place and we’ll not fail.” We can sense her high level of assurance throughout this scene (act 1 scene 7). When Macbeth communicates her plan of marking , “the sleepy two of his own chamber,” to frame them for the murder, she responds boldly, “Who dares receive it other?” It’s not that her plan is all that brilliant, but the confidence she embodies radiates brilliantly and wins over her husband to commit the murder of King Duncan.


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