Lady Macbeth Femininity Analysis

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In Shakespeare's shortest and popular tragedy, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy reveals her intentions to lose femininity in order to become mentally strong and ruthless, and it also depicts the idea of masculinity associated with power and authority she craves for. When Lady Macbeth cries, “Come you spirits/…..unsex me here,/ And fill me from the crown to toe top-full/ Of direst cruelty!” she implores the spirits to take away everything that makes her a woman so that her femininity does not interfere with her heinous plan to kill Duncan. In Lady Macbeth’s mind, the words “direst cruelty” represents masculinity, which she believes to give her power and courage, both of which she needs for her plan of regicide to succeed. Lady Macbeth’s rant,

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