Dictation Of Gender Roles In Macbeth

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In Macbeth, Shakespeare didn 't like using the traditional gender roles. He constantly ignores these roles by creating dominant and male-like women characters, this illustrates Shakespeare’s feelings about society’s typical dictation of the natural order of the world. Macbeth is a play in which nothing is as it seems, gender and sexuality are the main things that follow this rule. Darkness is spread through every part of the play as blind ambition obscures the minds of its primary characters. But at the root of it all is the relationship between Macbeth and his Lady, whose lack of knowledge and faith in themselves drives them toward insanity and a horrific fate. Their relationship does not represent nature, Shakespeare grossly exaggerated his masculinity towards women. Many of Shakespeare 's characters in Macbeth are so confused that it almost makes you think that he was not certain of anything. He had troubled relationships with women, his wife, for instance, definitely had a great impact on his writing. Yet, Macbeth is a play about…show more content…
In uttering these words, Lady Macbeth accuses her husband of being too feminine. She notices that he is too feminine and humane to kill the king. Even though they are quite powerful already in society, the Macbeths believe they are still somehow without purpose. Their marriage itself is an obvious indication of this as neither seems content with the qualities of the other. Lady Macbeth especially expressed criticism towards her husband for her wants in him. Even as Macbeth tries to logically argue against the murder plot by stating “ ‘We will proceed no further in this business. / He hath honoured me of late, and I have bought / Golden opinions from all sorts of people, / Which would be worn now in their newest gloss, / Not cast aside so soon’(Norton Ed. 2590)”, his wife remains
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