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
She shows her first bit of insanity when she says, “Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done’t” (2.2.13). Lady MacBeth was so willing to kill Duncan for her husband to become king. Her insanity continues affects her so bad that she says, “...all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand” (5.1.39). She has so much bad and kept it in that nothing can fix her causing her to go mentally insane. After the killing of Duncan is when Lady MacBeth mental insanity starts.
From murder to greed Shakespeare’s Macbeth portrays a story of how one’s flaws can transform into a person’s way of thinking and acting. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth changes from a cold-hearted, greedy, shell of a human body into a guilt ridden woman. Her selfish desires met with ambition and a want for power pushed her into driving Macbeth to kill Duncan. Both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth become very guilty because of the crime they have committed. Although Macbeth actively kills the King, Lady Macbeth was more guilty of Duncan’s murder than Macbeth.
In their defence they often reference to her small talks with Macbeth, where her opinions often surpass his (1; 7; 72-74). But, it’s clear that Lady Macbeth is no feminist lady. Throughout the play, she is viewed by the audience as a selfish female character, consumed with ambition to successfully bring the witches prophecy of Macbeth becoming king into reality. Unlike, Macbeth who tends to carry out his deeds holily, Lady Macbeths ambition completely disgraces the definition of feminist, believing regicide of faithful leader King Duncan is the way to gain power. Macbeths strong values, belies and attitudes of King Duncan, created a series of doubts towards Lady Macbeths idea, since.
Furthermore, Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth saying that she would kill her own baby while breastfeeding, if she had promised him she would. This leads him to believe that being reliable and trustworthy is more important than being a good person. Lady Macbeth's manipulation is the primary reason, Macbeth is able to carry out his plan to murder Duncan. Lady Macbeth continues to negatively influence Macbeth by modeling how to manipulate others. Later in the play, when the murderers are hesitant to kill Banquo and Fleance, Macbeth reassures them
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.
Lady Macbeth is able to seize control of the situation and demand that Macbeth be put together when King Duncan visits their home. Macbeth is taking on a more feminine role by being submissive to his spouse’s orders. Lady Macbeth is also able to accomplish a regaining of control after Macbeth kills Duncan. Women are portrayed as being sensitive, however during this scene, Macbeth is sensitive rather than Lady Macbeth. Macbeth does not plant the murder weapon with the king’s grooms in order to put blame on these men.
According to Lois Tyson in the Victorian Pedestal “good girl” had to remain uninterested in sexual activity; it was believe unnatural for a woman to have sexual desire rather women were expected to find sex frightening or disgusting. Antoinette becomes a madwoman because she is rejected by her husband. In Kubra Baysal critical essay she states that as Rochester causes Antoinette psychological breakdown he has the guilty conscience and fears the element of nature around him because he is a man of culture, he wants to get rid of the natural and go back to England. Rochester took Antoinette to England and on his way stated, “a fearful voyage I had with a monster in the vessel” showing the reader that if a woman does not accept her patriarchal gender roles then the only role left for her is that of a monster (Eyre 129). Monsters are deprived of freedom and therefore Rochester exiled Antoinette from society as the only appropriate
In this piece of evidence, Lady Macbeth is convincing Macbeth to kill the King. Lady Macbeth is proving to Macbeth that she can be more of a man than he is which swaps gender roles a lot in the play. Another piece of evidence states, “thee, my dearest partner of greatness,