Macbeth And Masculinity Analysis

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Does the play depict the relationship between cruelty and masculinity? In society men are always told to be a man. They are told to not do certain things because it will make them less of a man. Sometimes men seem to be pressured to do bad things just because society or someone tells them that they are not a man if they do not do it. The play Macbeth really depicts the relationship between cruelty and masculinity. In the play Macbeth, Shakespeare really demonstrates that concept with the male characters in the play. Most of the male character are always being told to be a man even if it means doing things they really shouldn’t be doing or don’t necessarily want to do. Macbeth is one of the major victims of always being told to be a man because his wife Lady Macbeth is always bossing him around and telling him that if he does not do certain things like kill King Duncan he is not a real man. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare Macbeth was pressured by Lady Macbeth to kill King Duncan when he really did not want to kill someone but Lady Macbeth kept telling him to be a man and do it. Another example from the play is how Macbeth tells the murderers to be manlier and tell them that they are men so it’s ok to kill Banquo. Also in the play, Macbeth stopped caring about everyone but himself and ended up killing…show more content…
This scene really depicts the relationship between cruelty and masculinity because the murderers realize that it’s ok to kill Macbeths’ best friend Banquo because he might stand in his way of becoming king. The following quote from the play explains how Macbeth really wants Banquo dead because he is worried that he might stand in his way of being king. It also shows how Macbeth was telling the murderers that’s it’s ok to kill Banquo even if they are

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