Gender And Gender Roles Within Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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Societal Mistaken Identities The human brain has divisions for various functions and one controls the way humans behave. Behavior is composed of countless things like prejudice. It can be regarding ethnicity, gender, or social status. Gender stereotypes are assumptions based on the sex of an individual. Stereotypes are similar to mistaken identities as an individual is portrayed as someone they are not. In the 17th century, customary gender notions were an essential component in defining an individual’s identity and gender stereotypes continue to exist presently. William Shakespeare 's play Macbeth, places a profound significance upon the theme of gender roles set by society. In Macbeth, characters challenge traditional notions of masculinity and femininity in order to truly express themselves. This is shown by their desire for freedom, provoking change, and character instability leading to their own downfall. Firstly, Lady Macbeth is a primary character who constantly challenges conventional notions of femininity by desiring sense of freedom. Social structure states that women are in the lowest position and are meant to be under the authority of men. They are not able to voice any rights and Lady Macbeth seeks independence to be able. When planning a murder, Lady Macbeth states "...Come, you spirits/That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,/And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full/Of direst cruelty! make thick my blood; Stop up th 'access and passage to…

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