Lady Macbeth By William Shakespeare Essay

1239 Words Dec 11th, 2015 5 Pages
In comparison to a woman of Shakespearean times and a woman of current times, Lady Macbeth more embodies the modern woman in both her personal affairs and her relationships with men, being a strong and independent character in Macbeth. In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is portrayed as a strong character who has a mind of her own. She speaks, unafraid and proud, on matters that she believes in. This is a stark contrast to the ways of most women in the times of Shakespeare. It was understood that the woman of the house was to stay at home, cook, clean, and care for the children. Any “difficult” or “taxing” affairs such as politics, careers, education, and farming were down to the men to complete. Women were seen as being lesser beings who were incapable of doing anything more demanding than cooking dinner for the husband. In current time, women are far more widely accepted as equal beings, perfectly capable of busting balls and getting the job done.

Scholars usually refer to gender as a constructed factor of society. Meaning, gender does not exist naturally but is actually an idea that the human race has created to define cultural norms. When a baby is born, it is conditioned to fit to certain gender roles based on the sex of the child, setting it forth onto the path of what is considered “ordinary” for him or her. This conditioning is seen in even the first moments of birth when the baby is wrapped in a blanket, blue for a boy, pink for a girl. During our current times,…

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