Gender Stereotypes In Macbeth

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Overcoming Stereotypes Gender roles are the roles or behaviors learned by a person as appropriate to their gender, determined by the prevailing cultural norms. Macbeth was written in 1605-1606 which was the renaissance period. In the renaissance period, women were controlled by their parents until they were married, which then the control would be turned over to the husbands. Shakespeare had a way of challenging society 's view on things(“Gender Roles of Women in the Renaissance” cedarcrest.edu). In the play Macbeth, William Shakespeare uses Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to show that gender roles can be conquered. During the Renaissance period the women were controlled and could not do much on their on. While Shakespeare knows the the norm, instead…show more content…
In the Renaissance period, “The woman is either in the house of her father or of her husband, notice in Macbeth that Lady Macbeth is observed only within the castle at Enverness, and it is her duty to make "preparations" for the arrival of King Duncan”(“Revising Shakespeare and Gender” scholar.lib.vt.edu). In Macbeth we only see or hear from Lady Macbeth in their castle. Lady Macbeth was not supposed to leave the castle, because that was not the norm during this time period. They also were supposed to be in charge of preparing for and entertaining guests. Yet, during King Duncan’s visit Lady Macbeth pulls her husband aside and says, “My royal lord, You do not give the cheer”(3.4 33-34). Lady Macbeth tells her husband that he is not entertaining his guests. Which is her job not his. Shakespeare supported women not leaving the house, however Lady Macbeth did not do all of the entertaining. Women during the Renaissance were never seen or heard from unless they had a male relative or their husbands with them. They were supposed to stay at home and be housewives, which prepare for their husbands to arrive back from their duties or prepare for visitors invited by the
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