Female Power In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Female power in Macbeth The three witches Apart from Lady Macbeth, who is the most relevant character related to gender and power issues, the three witches are instrumental in starting the action that leads to so much tragedy. In the manner of Lady Macbeth, they try to break gender barriers, and they are represented as evil for two reasons. On the one hand, when Christianity was established witches were associated with the devil. On the other hand, Shakespeare wrote Macbeth with King James I in mind, and he wrote a book on wizardry. Many of the ideas that the king expressed to the public were included in Macbeth, such as predicting the future. Apart from that, witches were always seen as female, and not as male. Therefore, two embodiments of evil in the play are the Witches and Lady Macbeth (both mentioned above). They play a large part in the downfall of Macbeth as they put the initial idea of becoming king into Macbeth´s head by “predicting” it. Thus, when looking to the relation between the witches and the female gender, it is to say that while Lady Macbeth rejects female gender by what she says, the witches do so by what they are. Critics see the witches’ role…show more content…
In addition, they are a demonic version of the Fates from Greek Mythology, that is, “fates were three sister deities, incarnations of destiny and life. […] Three days after a child was born, it was thought that the Fates would visit the house to determine the child's fate and life.” (Karas, n.d.) That is why the witches are thought to be like the Fates, because they are the ones who controlled every begins destiny, and they are also women. They are the key of the actions that lead to tragedy in Macbeth. When they appear for the first time, Banquo does not believe them as he wonders how they can know the truth. Furthermore, he considers them to be the embodiment of evil and thinks that there is a secret motive behind their
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