An Evil Wife in Macbeth The stereotype women are supposed to be nice, gentle and kind. In some other cases, some women are crueler than men. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare tells a story of Lady Macbeth, a ruthless wife who manipulates her husband to achieve her evil desires. Lady Macbeth is an evil woman because she is extremely ambitious, greedy and controlling which shows that her desires leads her to be a ruthless person. Lady Macbeth is extremely ambitious in terms of gaining power and advantages for her own life.
In Macbeth and Hamlet, it focuses on the characters that are deceived by appearance and the errors in these judgments. The theme of appearance and reality is a central theme to Macbeth; it has many scenes of madness and ambition. Lady Macbeth states “That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,/ And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full/ Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood. Stop up the access and passage to remorse,/ ...Come to my woman’s breasts, And take my milk for gall, you murd 'ring ministers…”(I,v, 31-38).
She makes evident how important it is for her being the one with power in the relationship with her husband when she wants to take her femininity away as well as wanting to control Macbeth’s actions. By saying ” unsex me here. And fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood,” it’s evident she believes that in order to have power and be though she needs to be a man and that’s why she expects a cruel attitude from Macbeth. 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.
Regan seems to know who is 'invading ' her as she claims it is her ghost friend from the Ouija board, Captain Howdy claiming that Captain Howdy is “chasing her, pinching her...threatening to kill her.”21 Mrs Perrin states that “dabbling with” the occult “can be dangerous. And that includes fooling around with an Ouija board.”22 This conveys the idea of the danger of the supernatural in horror genres. This invasion of a demon has different aspects of horror in it. For example, this occupying and limiting someone 's freedom is a moral violation in itself, yet what makes it worse is the transgression of the “gender boundaries”.23 Although there is an ambiguity whether or not Captain Howdy is a man or woman, there seems to be signs of a male being due to the low voice. Moreover, Barbara Creed, although she argues that the
No shame?. The phrase “Maiden shame” implicits that all the other women don’t act like Hermia, since it was a Patriarchal society. Furthermore the phrase “no modesty” Helena thinks Hermia should be ashamed of herself, because she is not subservient and is not modest like all the other women. The audience of the Elizabethan era think it is asinine of them to do so, because two upper class women that are fighting because of love wasn’t very common. Shakespeare is trying to warn us that love can make you do crazy things, even break your friendship with other people.
The unmerciful women he had created slowly begins her descent into madness. While, yes, Lady Macbeth’s character arc, in theory, is an impactful one, it is here that Shakespeare begins to lose the power he had initially bestowed upon her. “How could such a strong character so quickly fall prey to uneasiness? According to materialist feminism theory, despite her earlier show of strength, Lady Macbeth’s eventual weakness is a result of a patriarchal portrayal of her gender,” Lady Macbeth ultimately succumbs to her actions, as she is too weak to handle the reality of what she has done (Feminism in Shakespeare’s Macbeth). In portraying her in this fashion, Shakespeare loses the strong, independent woman Lady Macbeth had all the potential to
Banquo speaks that “Banquo: Upon her skinny lips. You should be women, And yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so (1.3.47-50).” Here, Banquo has just met the witches alongside with macbeth. He is in shock of their outward appearance and speaks
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.
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,
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.