Examples Of Masculinity In Macbeth

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In William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, different constructs of masculinity are defined and explored for significant purposes: to identify stereotypes; to contrast characters that conform to archetypes; and to reveal the consequences of adhering to social norms. In act IV, the juxtaposition between Macbeth–an unfeeling man–and Macduff–a passionate man, exemplifies how emotions power an individual. In the scene, when Ross tells Macduff that his family has been slaughtered, his reaction is full of grief, to which Malcolm responds that he should “dispute it like a man,”(IV.iii.219) or in other words to resist his emotions. However, while Macduff agrees to do so, he points out that “[he] must also feel it as a man”(IV.iii.221) and “play the woman

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