Lady Macbeth Character Analysis

855 Words4 Pages
Richard Gill (275) also opines that “Macbeth does great evil, but his acts can hardly be blamed on the sister’s”, and “it’s natural for him to want to be the leader”(274). So, it conveys that Macbeth’s crime is natural, but unnatural to Lady Macbeth. We see that “masculine brutality is celebrated in Macbeth’s character, readers today find the similar passionate drive in Lady Macbeth to be vile and horrible” (Kathrynbuckk n.pag.). Marilyn French (17) notices “Lady Macbeth is not so judged; she is seen as supernaturally evil. Her crime is heinous because it violates her social role, which has been erected into a principle of experience: She fails to uphold the feminine principle.”
Patriarchal society degrades Lady Macbeth and controls her such a way which they want and make her insignificant. In The Second Sex, Simon De Beauvoir (267) puts that “one is not born a woman, but becomes one.” Men hold the dominate position and women subordinate because men think “this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man” (Genesis, cited in Joubert 192). Though “women are measured by the standard of men and found inferior” (Nayar 88), and “a woman becomes a woman, or ‘possesses’ a woman’s identity because she plays the role of women repeatedly” (Nayar 91), Lady Macbeth shows her intellect to achieve the goal and becomes evil because the society doesn’t tolerate her intellect and work by which she can succeed. The society treats

More about Lady Macbeth Character Analysis

Open Document