Hagen easily persuades the weak Gunther that the supposed insult to his honour can only be wiped out in Siegfried's blood; he worms the secret of the hero's vulnerable spot out of Kriemhild, on pretence of shielding him from harm (Avent.
On the way he slays the centaur Nessus, who persuades Deianeira that his blood is a love-charm.
Hedin had sent a necklace as a peace-offering to Hagen, but Hilde persuades her father that it is only a ruse.
Macbeth is the story of a ruthless wife, Lady Macbeth, who persuades her husband to murder the king and take his throne.
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