Gender And Gender Roles In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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What is the first thought that comes to your mind when you see a woman with a man? You automatically think that the man is the one calling all the shots in the relationship. You also wonder why some women act as if they are the man of the relationship. But in the play Macbeth ;Shakespeare wanted to show that gender doesn't mean anything. From the year of 1040-1057; Macbeth was a king that actually existed in Scotland. Shakespeare believes that Gender roles shouldn’t be the stereotype of any relationship because the roles can be switched, and them being switched can cause a lot of trouble. When a woman thinks for men it ends up pretty bad. The play Macbeth shows that when a man follows a women's word because they love them, that's when …show more content…

Men feel stereotypically they should be able to handle situations by themselves and women shouldn't have to help or even ask someone else for help. Men didn’t want women in their business. In act 2 scene 3 Macduff is having a conversation and he excuses Lady Macbeth from his conversation because she is a women. Macduff said “ ‘Tis not for you to hear what I can speak! The repetition in a woman's ear would murder as if fell.” (II. III. 92-94). Macduff tells Lady Macbeth, that what he had to say isn't for women ears. This shows that men likes to handle things on their own. Men didn’t want their woman to try to do men …show more content…

Men want to be known for being strong and protective. During Act 3 Lady Macbeth questions her husband's manhood and calls him a coward, Lady MacBeth said “ ... Feed and regret him not,- are you a man?” (III.IV.72). Lady Macbeth says that to her husband because she wanted to push him to do dirty work that she planned out in her head. Only because she knew his kindness wouldn't just let him kill for no reason at all. As you can see that her doing forced her husband to kill the king and she felt better of herself because she was able to talk him into doing what she wants. When one man tells another man to do something as if is a man it would push that man to try his hardest to be better than the next man. Later in the play Macbeth during act four Malcolm tells Macduff to do something like a men. He said “ Despute it like a man. (IV. III. 260). He wants Macduff to understand that he has to do his deed like a man. It can fail if he back out of his plan at the last moment or he might get hurt himself but the person he is after [Macbeth]. Macduff response showed he took that sentence as a challenge or

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