This study will focus on the way in which Shakespeare crafts his play and uses dramatic devices in his portrayal of Lady Macbeth in order to confront the gender stereotypes of the time, femininity and the natural order of society. During the early 17th century there was a substantial fear that if women were liberated from their domestic, maternal roles, the historically patriarchal society would unravel. With prevailing challenges of gender such as “When you durst do it, then you were a man” Shakespeare uses the character of Lady Macbeth to transgress the natural limits concomitant with her sex. In order to be able to answer the research question, it is vital to concretely establish the contemporary gender roles and the context of the play.
A fully developed professional theatre that emerged in England in the 1580s had a “profound effect on the ways the gendered body was staged” (Michael Billing, 16). Early modern constructions of the gendered body were “viewed as along a continuum” moving in one direction or the other (Will Fisher, 6). This idea can suggest the performativity of gender rather than its ontological core on the early modern stage. Shakespeare’s comedies may suggest that masculinity on the stage is like “a suit of clothes” that could be put on or taken off at will (Bruce R. Smith, 3). While dramatists of this period question the validity of female stereotypes .
In the play of Shakespeare entitled Macbeth, we have cited different philosophies that were shown in the play itself. Some of this includes feminism, opportunism, personalism, and instrumentalism and existentialism According to the Maggie Humm and Rebecca Walker, Feminism is a range of , ideologies, political movements and social movements that has a single goal: to establish, define, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social rights for women that is equivalent to those that men’s have. This includes the campaign on giving same opportunities to both men and women. Opportunism is the conscious practice and policy of taking advantage of situations with regard for principles, or with what the aftermath are for others.
Gender representation is a theme in which is common when focusing on the form and content of both Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godott. Even though they are represented in different manners they both highlight the gender norms during the time period they were written. Within Beckett’s writings masculinity is prominent, centralizing the powerful and protruding gender focal point. Whereas Ibsen includes the female perspective and allows the readers to become aware of the gender representation as such.
It’s clear that Shakespeare uses foreshadowing through Romeo and Juliet. Was this a good strategy? , what use does foreshadowing deliver to the audience? , did this method help the reader connect to the writing? I believe this is a beautiful way to make the audience more interested in the story.
Throughout writers pieces, the diction of each sentence is chosen meticulously and with these choices, the themes of the pieces are secretly introduced. For example, writers have introduced plays such as Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Hamlet just a couple of them. With these plays, many hidden themes are introduced, but to see them you must know how to read between the lines. The main play that will be discussed is Romeo and Juliet. Even though Shakespeare does not make many themes as obvious as others throughout Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare chooses to introduce many universal themes with hidden meanings.
I think that allusions are a great tool for literature. They provide information such as what the character believes in and what society is like to the audience. I think that the Shakespearean audience would have understood the allusions because it is during their time period and they understand what everything is like. Yet, if this play was acted today, I don 't think that all of the allusions would be understood. This is because of how different the worlds are today.
Gender in Act III of Hamlet is something that’s super dependent on the time period, along with the traditional roles the characters play. Hamlet is set roughly around Shakespeare’s time, which was certainly a time before terms like “feminism” “equal rights” or “gender roles” were even thought of. However, in Hamlet, that’s not such a problem because women like Ophelia and Gertrude have a lot on their plate, whereas male characters like Hamlet, Claudius, and Polonius are also dealing with...well, a lot of issues too. Gender still plays a role in Act 3 however, with male characters like Polonius and Hamlet trying to make the best of power dynamics to control Ophelia and Gertrude.
A Modern View of Feminist Criticism William Shakespeare 's "Othello” can be analyzed from a feminist perspective. This criticism focuses on relationships between genders, like the patterns of thoughts, behavior, values, enfranchisement, and power in relations between and within sexes. A feminist examination of the play enables us to judge the distinctive social esteems and status of women and proposes that the male-female power connections that become an integral factor in scenes of Othello impact its comprehension. I believe that the critical lens that provides modern society with the most compelling view of literature is Feminist Criticism because it analyzes distrust and disloyalty among relationships, women being treated as possessions
Throughout the history of Shakespearen literature, Shakespeare tends to develop the characters in to a way that complements the story. For an example, in Macbeth, he shows the digression of the main character by an internal conflict residing from a mental condition, if he did not explain every detail of his thought process then the story would be bland and not a literature masterpiece. Another key example is the story of Romeo and Juliet, even though it is a romantic piece, he still assigns different personality traits to each character. Which makes them a key asset to how the story concludes and the theme the reader is left to discover. One of the biggest colliding character interactions is Benvolio and Tybalt.
Marlina (2015) discussed about patterning the quests of the heroes in question using Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. The author tries to demonstrate that the chosen female heroes for this research: Psyche, Artemis and Katniss, qualify as male heroes. According to traditional beliefs, differences between male and female behavior are genetically or biologically determined. However, recent research has discovered that these differences are actually based on the gender concept or socially constructed. Miller (2012) mentioned that gender is ‘the changeable roles, activities, behaviors, and personality features that a society views’ and is an ideal standard for men and women.
Shakespeare’s Views on Gender Roles Gender roles in Shakespeare’s time played a crucial role in all of his plays, sonnets, and writings in general. Even though during his time, the views on gender roles were much different than today, Shakespeare still found a way to make his views of the various roles of men and women very clear. Through the art of language and poetry, Shakespeare’s views of men and women in society were well known and portrayed to his audiences, whether it was in 1597 or 2016. When Shakespeare began writing, he was writing during the Elizabethan age.
We live in a society that tries to dictate who you should be, and what you should do based on your gender. Gender identity should be whether we internally identify as male or female, but instead is often only defined by society and our anatomical sex. According to Yarber and Sayad, (2012) a person’s sex is determined by genetics and anatomical sex characteristics that identify whether a person is male or female.
Question 1) In your own words (as always), define gender identity, gender role and (from Chapter 9) sexual orientation, ensuring that your definitions express the difference between them. Tell me your gender identity, then provide some examples of your gender role. Gender identity is how a person perceives themselves as being either male or female.
The Role of Women in Romeo and Juliet Compared to Women Today Did you ever think you would get married and start a family when you’re only thirteen years old? During Shakespeare’s time, this was normally what would happen. Women weren’t as independent as they are today and often didn’t choose how their futures would be. In “Romeo and Juliet,” women weren’t treated with respect and were less independent than women today. Also, women didn’t have the option to make their own choices like women today do.