Gender Roles Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare Essay

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Throughout Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a recurring theme is gender roles. For the duration of Macbeth the idea of how males and females behave are consistent. Macbeth derives its drama from the character’s ability to exploit one another based on their short comings in their particular role, either as a man or a woman. Examining the role of gender and its parallel with manipulation throughout Macbeth, we see the importance each male character places on his masculinity. Lady Macbeth contributes to stereotyping gender roles as a result of her views on masculinity and her ability to manipulate Macbeth through them. Gender roles are used as a form of manipulation by many characters, including Lady Macbeth, as a means of exploiting another character. The genders of the most powerful characters in the play, the three witches, are unknown due to their lack of single gender characteristics hence freeing them from any gender manipulation.
One of the most prevalent users of gender manipulation is Lady Macbeth. Through the use of gender manipulation she is capable of persuading Macbeth into murdering Duncan via questioning his manhood. This is seen in the quote “When you durst do it, then you were a man. And to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man” (1.7.49-51) this shows the power that Lady Macbeth possess over Macbeth merely by criticizing his manhood. This quote also shows the amount of importance Macbeth places on being viewed as a man since this thinly veiled…

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