Macbeth, written by the well-known author William Shakespeare explores the theme of Persuasion which is used by her beloved wife, Lady Macbeth and the Witches. In the play you can find the theme of persuasion mainly in act one, scene one, three, five and seven. When Lady Macbeth uses her ability, to persuade Macbeth to kill King Duncan, this happened after Lady Macbeth heard the prophecy of the three witches, that they gave to Macbeth. Their prophecy said that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and as the play continued and move on, the act really happened. When they realized that the witches said the truth, Lady’s Macbeth ambition increased rapidly, she came to a conclusion that the only way that Macbeth will become King, is killing the actual King Duncan. Shakespeare explores this theme using different literary devices like imagery, rhetorical questions, and others.  As the witches made their first appearance in the play Macbeth, they instantly gave to Macbeth their prophecy, where they told him that he will become the Thane of Glamis, then the Thane of Cawdor and lastly the King of Scotland. They express this using anaphora, 1″All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis. All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor. All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter.” In this quote you can see how the witches give to Macbeth their prophecy, making sure to give him the message in a catchy way, so he believes in them. This words made a big influence in Macbeth because the words of the first witch are true because he is already the Thane of Glamis. But when he notices the words of the second witch, he starts to question if they are saying the truth, this is due because the first part of the prophecy is correct but he isn’t sure if their words are correct due that the Thane of Cawdor and the actual King are alive, and the only way someone can take their position is when they die. As the witches start to appear more and more times, he starts to believe in them. Later in the play when he realizes that the first step of the prophecy which was said to him was true, and now he was named Thane of Cawdor, which was the second part of the prophecy. His ambition started to rise up, and the witches persuaded Macbeth so he believes in the last statement of their prophecy. Lady Macbeth starts to questions Macbeth’s ability to kill King Duncan, and he starts to persuade him that the only way he will achieve his goal that is to become the King of Scotland is by killing the actual king. “Was the hope drunk wherein you dressed yourself?” In this quote, Lady Macbeth starts to question Macbeth’s ability to kill someone by saying him that if he was drunk when he seemed with a lot of hope before. But then she starts to persuade Macbeth by saying to him that if he is afraid to act the way he desires if he will take the crown he wants so badly, or if he will live as a coward. 2″Art thou afeard to be the same in thine own act and valour, as thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that which thou esteem’st the ornament of life, and live a coward in thine own esteem.” Shakespeare portraits Lady Macbeth as a manipulative lady wich only wants to taunt her husband with cowardliness and unmanliness so he changes his mind and he kills King Duncan. Shakespeare also shows Macbeth character as a weak person, because his argument of not killing King Duncan was very easily turned by the persuasion of his wife Lady Macbeth.Lady Macbeth later starts to play with Macbeth’s manliness and his emotions, he starts by persuading Macbeth as if he is the responsible for letting her down as if he has disappointed her. He also plays with Macbeth’s pride because he is reminding him that he first said that he was going to kill King Duncan and now he is afraid to do it. “That made you break this enterprise to me?.”  Later Lady Macbeth compares his intentions and action using an oxymoron with a baby, she says that she loved the baby, but he dashed his brain out. This is an oxymoron because she turned her love into malignity and she persuaded Macbeth that his actions are exactly as hers. “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 this.”

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