The Role Of Women In Macbeth

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During the Elizabethan Era, which covers up the late 16th century in England, the right of women was not a priority, considered to be only a trivial matter. Women had a very limited chance of proper education, much less a job, and only a few legal rights. Naturally, women had to rely on men for financial support and was oftentimes ignored in the society. This suppressed women against acting by her own will, as an independent individual. Shakespeare too views women as ignorable individuals whose fate is defined by men and who are incapable of acting independently. This is portrayed by the interactions between male and female characters and the role of women in the plays of Shakespeare. Although in some cases Shakespeare did depict independent and ambitious women in his plays, he is in fact supporting the argument that women are inept beings that require men in their lives. In Hamlet, Gertrude,…show more content…
However, the point is that the independent choices they make lead to tragic consequences almost every single time. Lady Macbeth from Macbeth is considered to be one of the most iconic female characters ever written. Full of desire for power, she orders her husband Macbeth to murder Duncan and obtain the throne. After Macbeth kills Duncan, both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth suffer from madness which ultimately leads to death. Her madness is shown starkly in the scene where she is washing her hands in the sink and sees blood on her hands. She says, “Out, damned spot! out, I say!--One: two: why, then, 'tis time to do't.--Hell is murky!--Fie, my lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?--Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him.”(V.i.41) After showing more signs of psychological instability she is finally driven to kill herself, “The queen, my lord, is dead”
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