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.
Although they view each other as equals, "my dearest partner of greatness," it's Lady Macbeth who is established as the dominant partner in the dynamic, inverting typical 17th century gender and social roles. (Since husbands were supposed to rule their wives in the same way that kings ruled countries, Lady Macbeth's plan is just another version of treason: taking power that doesn't belong to her.) Upon reading the letter, she worries that Macbeth is too kind-natured to be able to take the crown and is determined to assist him through the, "valour of her (my) tongue." She emasculates Macbeth and challenges his bravery, which to him is the essence of a being a man, "coward." Compelling her husband by giving him an ultimatum, be a coward or kill the king.
Extending off of that point, Shakespeare wrote his plays in an era where women had been stereotyped as less intelligent and rational, therefore labelled as the weaker sex. This point is evident when Ross is explaining to Macduff the negative impact Macbeth’s rule on Scotland would be. Ross says, “...your eye in Scotland / Would create soldiers, make our women fight, / To doff their dire distresses” (4.3.CITE). In this era, Shakespeare took advantage of his scholarly, prominent writing to include stereotypes that existed at the time. Additionally, in Harold Bloom’s book, Macbeth, which outlines major themes within the play in academic form, he mentions, “At the same time that the tyrant’s uxoriousness is thus introduced, it is complicated by the play’s confusion of masculinity and femininity, which allows gender to be manipulated in political rhetoric” (Bloom,
It’s no surprise, that Shakespeare’s Macbeth was clearly constructed as a rebellion against femininity roles of the time. During the Elizabethan era, women were raised to believe they were inferior to men since men obtained desired masculine qualities such as strength, and loyalty, whereas women were viewed as figures of hospitality (1; 6; 28-31). Obviously, not being tempted by the luxury of subservient women, William Shakespeare rebuked this twisted belief, applying that women deserve more respect than their kitchen tables. However, if transcending female expectations was used as a weapon than for good, is it still considered an act of femininity? Of course not!
Changing Destiny: Upsetting the Chain of Being The Chain of Being is a medieval concept which states every living being’s place in the hierarchy of society. Though ancient, it applies to William Shakespeare 's Macbeth and Stephen King’s “Gramma.” Upsetting the Chain of Being by George from Stephen King’s “Gramma” and Macbeth from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth lead to the dire consequences such as Macbeth’s demise and George turning into a savage witch. The medieval concept of the Chain of Being is disrupted in both pieces of literature, Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Gramma by Stephen King. The Chain of Being states that women are subordinate to men, especially if the man is the woman’s husband. Macbeth violates this and calls his wife, Lady Macbeth, his “dearest partner of greatness” (1.5.11).
Throughout history, people have portrayed men and women differently often requiring of the former masculinity and of the latter femininity. Society often tries to assign specific traits for men and specific traits for women. The value of a women is different than a man’s value. This leaves society with the question, “What does it mean for a man to be masculine and a woman to be feminine?” Are these phrases established to help us identify genders? In society, it is intimated that men have to possess the masculinity gender and women have to possess the femininity gender.
To sum up, She tries to have control over her husband power by ordering him to follow her plan of killing Duncan and expresses a negative attitude towards him commenting, “But screw your courage to the sticking-place,/And we 'll not fail.”(1.7) With the purpose of making Macbeth king so she can have a different kind of power were she controls him letting him be only the image of power. Lady Macbeth’s manifest her need to have power over her husband when she states “That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold: What hath quenched them hath given me fire.” Because she is showing pleasure for her accomplish to manage manipulating Macbeth to kill Duncan her desire of control is
The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare explores and challenge the idea of traditional gender role. Shakespeare use female character to play strong sense of masculine traits while the male character are actually shown with feminine traits. A man physical strength is represented as being strong and brave but in Shakespeare story he show that men can end up being the weak one while women can be the strong one like Lady Macbeth who has the power to call Macbeth a girl. The gender role that shakespeare show how the character transition into more of their gender roles and how it lead to their
Feminist point of view means the analysis of any literary works based on the feminist perception. Feminism has gradually become broad and noticeable in its attacks on male-dominated society. The Shakespearian era of the 16th century was a time when women were very inferior in the society. If we compare with other writers, Shakespeare was always careful of women and tried to give them respect in his different writings. If we look at his famous play named Othello we need to judge the equality of women in terms of political, social and economic perspective.
Brooke Ranson Mr. Ritchey British Literature 15 November 2014 Gender Roles in Macbeth William Shakespeare’s writing style often reflects the stereotypes of men and women’s various roles and authorities in society, as well as how they interpret the authentic challenges those representations face. Shakespeare utilizes gender roles in the story of Macbeth to capture the audience 's attention to society’s stereotype discriminations. He does this solely through Macbeth’s complicated and rather ambitious wife, Lady Macbeth. She is one of Shakespeare’s most famous and terrifying female characters. The important character is written to defeat the stereotypes that women are only to be known compassionate and nurturers.