Masculinity Vs Macbeth

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Lady Macbeth is like two people, one before the murder and one after. In the beginning she is a ruthless, harsh, ambitious, cruel, heartless and clever woman with no conscience. She makes her decisions without hesitation or thought of consequences that she may face. This is shown when she reads Macbeth 's letter about the prophecies that the witches have told him about and she decides to murder the King. Lady Macbeth is a manipulative wife who believes that her husband is cowardly and she believes that men are supposed to be violent, aggressive, fierce and brave. Due to the fact that her husband is kind hearted she taunts him and makes him feel degraded. Lady Macbeth wishes that she were a man so she could commit the murder herself. The only …show more content…
Macbeth is reflecting on what he has done because he feels guilty; Lady Macbeth is implying that she would be ashamed if her heart was to be as weak as his. This quote is important because it reveals both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s character. Lady Macbeth is evil, clever and heartless while Macbeth on the other hand is kind, caring and gentle. This quote follows the theme of masculinity because Lady Macbeth is questioning Macbeth’s manhood by asking him why he is so pure. Macbeth feels that all the water in the world cannot wash away Duncan’s blood from his hands but Lady Macbeth tells him that a little wash will do the job. Lady Macbeth has masculine traits because she comes up with the plan to murder Duncan and she smears blood on the guards. Lady Macbeth takes advantage of Macbeth and controls him like a puppet. Shakespeare uses the literary device of imagery in this passage. As Lady Macbeth states, my hands are of your colour, this creates an image of bloody hands. This quote displays an image displayed of Lady Macbeth controlling Macbeth as a puppet. This is important because it exposes characterization of both characters. Lady Macbeth displays a very strong and tough role but it will reach an end. Lady Macbeth bullies her husband to get what she thinks is the best for them both. This influence brings out the darkness in Macbeth which will eventually lead him to his

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