Women In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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1.0 Introduction

Macbeth by William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is a renowned tragedy in the history of literature. The play has been read in different perspectives, but how women are presented and what roles they play are ignored. “Women in Shakespearean tragedies are portrayed and presented as lesser and negative stereotypes” (Jajja 228), and the play Macbeth has reinforced and strengthened male dominance and patriarchal values. Martine Lings (90) believes “Lady Macbeth wins him (Macbeth) back to his criminal intention betrays the extreme superficiality of the few moral scruples that he has left.” But Shakespeare does not give “any indication that Macbeth fears that Lady Macbeth will strike him, nor does she make physical threats against him.
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The paper also shows both men and women are responsible for women's degradation, and women take it without questioning. Women are suppressed because men keep them being ‘women’ which shows the inferiority. At first, we should understand the co-concept like ‘patriarchy’, ‘inferiority’, ‘feminism’ and the movement of a woman’s development. It also shows how a woman is mapped to be ‘a woman’ and why they lose their self-identity. After assembling these side by side, the paper tries to indicate how women can get rid of this.
4.0 Research Methodology
For a successful and profound research, here we have used both primary and secondary sources. The main text of Shakespeare's Macbeth is the primary and the critical interpretation of feminism, patriarchy and Macbeth are the secondary sources. The paper has depended on printed and online research journal articles and sometimes online books for our secondary sources. After reading the collected sources, the paper has tried to compile the information to support the research goal. The paper uses logic and anti-logic to develop its idea.
5.0 Patriachal Dominance in
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(I.iii.45-47)
Macbeth, then, becomes excited for the prophecies of the weird sisters and he passes the information to Lady Macbeth immediately so that she can proceed to fulfil his desire. Hearing the prophecy, Lady Macbeth becomes highly ambitious. She gets the indication of Macbeth’s hidden desire to be a king and Macbeth in his letter manipulates her to help him to achieve his goal. He states: Thou wouldst be great Art not without ambition, but without The illness should attend it. (I.v.17-19)
Here Macbeth indicates her to give up her womanliness which is compared with ‘illness’ to think how to fulfil his desire. So, Lady Macbeth tries to apply it in her character by wishing as Macbeth maps the structure to be a king. As a result, Lady Macbeth wishes to give her womanly attitude and wants to be a common gender one. Thus, she dreams: Unsex me here And fill me from the crown to the toe, top-full Of direst cruelty. (I.v.40-42)
She also then wishes to be more
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