Masculinity And Femininity In Macbeth

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Ambition is highlighted all throughout the play 'Macbeth '. The typical roles of masculinity and femininity are often reversed as desire for power increases. Ambition also causes peoples actions to change in the heat of the moment. This is a common theme within the play. When Shakespeare wrote 'Macbeth ', he had a message he wanted to portray. Even in times like the Elizabethan period, ambition

causes people to go against the social norms and act in a different way.

Within the play 'Macbeth ' the typical roles of masculinity and femininity are reversed and often go back and forth, this is due to the changing of ambition levels throughout the play. Macbeth is a very important character (hence the name of the play)
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She wants power and wont stop till she gets it, unlike Macbeth. She starts off the play saying "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 the access and passage to remorse" (1.5.30-34). Lady Macbeth is wanting to be made more like a man so she can overcome the remorse she will feel after King Duncan is dead. Since her desire for power is so strong, she is showing a more typical masculine side. Lady Macbeth is the one that convinced Macbeth to go through with the first murder, therefore, her ambition has lead to her masculine qualities. As time goes on and more and more people die, Macbeths ambition for power increases and his feminine qualities begin to disappear and switch with his wife Lady Macbeth. The audience starts to see a change in actions within the characters as …show more content…
His intent of becoming powerful is rising. After visiting the witches, Macbeth sends to murders to kill Macduff 's wife and kids due to his paranoia of someone finding out the truth about King Duncan. Macbeth 's ambition for power has caused the deaths of many people and caused him to be 'power crazy ' as some would call it. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth has to think twice about killing someone, but after he does and realizes that he could be king, his ambition increases and so does the number of bodies he has killed. Lady Macbeth was also so ambitious in the beginning and decided to have Macbeth kill King Duncan but after, she has felt guilty ever since. Her guilt weighed her down and eventually she can no longer take it and kills herself. The death of many people were caused by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth 's ambition for power. Once Macbeth had that vision of being king, there was no stopping

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