Throughout Macbeth, three characters seem to have control of Macbeth’s action and his life. Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, and the We’ird Sisters all have some type of control over the actions of Macbeth. The wife of the play 's tragic hero, Lady Macbeth, pressures her husband into committing regicide so that she can then become queen of Scotland. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth constantly diminishes her husband 's manhood forcing him to feel less of a man. Unhae Langis, once wrote that, “Lady Macbeth evokes shame in him [Macbeth] to get him back into the contest.” By constantly shaming her husband, Lady Macbeth holds a great amount of control on the way he sees himself.
Throughout Beowulf, within the film and the text, women are portrayed as possessions for the benefit of the men. Furthermore, women are used as devices to further the plot of men in both the film and poem. Yet, in the text, women are less prevalent to the story, their presence secondary to the men. Women are more sexualized in the movie than the poem, yet they also assume more authority over the men and have more developed characters. While the gender roles were historically accurate throughout the book, women subservient to men, the movie afforded women more dominant and involved roles.
Although introduced as a thoroughly hardened, ambitious woman, Lady Macbeth’s seemingly unbreakable character shatters when she is consumed by the demon of guilt. The guilt of Lady Macbeth seems nonexistent when she persuades Macbeth to kill King Duncan, but the heinous acts she and her husband commit throughout the play strain her slowly. Eventually, the guilt Lady Macbeth harbors emerges from her subconscious and crumbles her. The downfall of Lady Macbeth reveals that even the toughest, strongest, and most powerful people can succumb to guilt. At the commencement of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the guilty conscience of Lady Macbeth is overshadowed by her relentless pursuit to become Queen of Scotland.
.” Clearly Lady Macbeth really was putting the pressure on her husband to do what she thought was the best for the both of them. Before this quote, Macbeth tries to stop Lady Macbeth from talking about this plan anymore, but she is adamant and convinces her husband that killing the king is the
She does this by making Macbeth feel distressed during her process of coercion. Her final step of inducement consists of turning Macbeth’s own gender against him, “When you durst do it, you were a man” (i.vii.50). This ultimately is the shifting point of the Macbeth’s companionship. Lady Macbeth is so consumed in her own greed that she loses the love of Macbeth throughout the process of enticement. Lady Macbeth is such a strong character that she can maintain a role of innocence while being the centre of control when planning a murder in internal disguise.
Rashomon is set in medieval Japan, where honor was of the utmost importance, and living without honor was considered a fate worse than death. For the bandit, honor manifests itself in the form of a glorious fight, for the murdered man, he absolves himself of the shame of losing a battle and being betrayed by his wife by committing suicide. In Masako’s case, she too tries to regain her honor by attempting to kill herself rather than live with the shame of being with two men, but she also relies on the misogynistic viewpoints of the time period and uses her gender to play up her weakness and docility to clear herself of any guilt in the case of her husband’s
A few similarities are prevalent when comparing Ishtar to Grendel’s mother. Both characters are fierce, vengeful worriers who are ill-tempered when they do not get what they desire to have from others. Ishtar is the Goddess of war who has an earnest desire for love. When she feels that she has been rejected, her evil side is portrayed. The other, Grendel’s mother, has killed many men to protect her son.
Ambitious, Manipulative, frightening- these 3 adjectives could be used to describe Lady Macbeth. Even when we see her for the first time, she is already planning Duncan’s murder and she is crueler, more ruthless and more ambitious than her husband. She has a burning ambition to be a queen and persistently taunts Macbeth for his lack of courage. She dislikes that her husband is too kind hearted to do what needs to be done in order to receive the great power.Lady Macbeth is fully aware of this and knows that she will have to push Macbeth into committing murder. Lady Macbeth’s character is a great example of the theme of relationship between gender and power.
She pressures her husband and accuses him of affairs to get what she wants. When Bisclavret finally gets his revenge, he again shows his self-control by simply loping off her nose instead of killing her. Marie has him do this to show where the lady’s true priorities lie: in her appearance. The betrayal offers Bisclavret a foil to show Marie’s appreciation and expectation of relationships based on balanced, heart-driven love, not merely physical, animalistic
It seems Abigail does not love John per say, but instead lusts him. Abigail tries to have Elizabeth Proctor thrown in jail or even executed just to be with John and take revenge for his denial or her “love”. Another way this clouds her judgement is that she openly tried to blackmail John by using their time together in sinister fashions. She threatens to tell the court of their time together if he continues to refuse her. John ends up doing the right thing and not let Abigail manipulate him.