Gender Roles In Macbeth And Who's Afraid Of Virginia Wolf

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Role Playing Gender plays a large role in both plays Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf. Both of these plays are set in different periods of time, but have certain similarities. These similarities include the gender roles. The women in these plays are very dominant and that has a large factor in how these mens actions, motivations, and treatment by other characters are manipulated. Macbeth begins with these witches relaying a prophecy to Macbeth that he will become Thane of Cawdor and soon after Thane of Glamis. You begin to analyze that Macbeth is this strong independent man, but as the play continues you start to see his true colors and that he is in fact an awful human being. Being a man you would think that Macbeth…show more content…
Martha the significant other of George uses manipulation and intimidation to push her husband to have greater success. George is more reserved then Martha tends to be. He makes rude comments, but you can understand that Martha most definitely wears the pants in their relationship. Again both these women live through their husbands success and since George is not a a very successful man, Martha finds away to live through other men because she cannot have success herself due to the time period when women weren't really aloud to have much of a say with anything. Martha learns of Nicks accomplishments one of those being in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf Martha is very impressed that Nick had received his masters at such a young age. Martha says, “Hey, you must be quite a boy, getting your masters when you were...what?...twelve? You hear that, George?” (Albee 25) She enjoys finding men to sleep with that have been very successful and I think she also uses that to get at George and cause a little jealousy to get George to become more
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