Essay on Analysis Of Shakespeare 's Macbeth 's ' Macbeth '

1397 Words Apr 26th, 2015 6 Pages
“What’s he/ That was not born of woman?” Maternal power in Macbeth is not held within the presence of one figure, but is rather dispersed throughout the play. The presence of maternity and children are almost constant, influencing what deeds that are done. Primarily focused and evoked through Macbeth’s relationships create a larger image of male identity and the fears of autonomy itself influenced by feminine presence; nurturing love, maternity and children. These are shown through Duncan, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth Macduff and Malcolm. The driving influence of the play is to rid oneself of the looming female presence that threatens identity. In this paper, I will discuss children and maternal influence are not a source of weakness within Macbeth, but a source of everlasting and overwhelming power.
There are many images within Macbeth that convey the disruption of nurturance. It begins with King Duncan in Act I scene iv “Your highness ' part / Is to receive our duties; and our duties / Are to your throne and state children and servants" (1.4.23-25). Duncan is a center for authority. He provides lineage and honor, as well as names, nurturance, and has his own children that he will grow into becoming rightful inheritors to the throne (Alerdman, 106). Duncan carries both male and female traits being both Father and Mother to his people. To think of your people and servants and children is the power behind the making of a good king. This is disrupted when Macbeth, under the…

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