Shakespeare 's Macbeth And Gender Stereotypes Essay

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Shakespeare’s Macbeth and gender stereotypes
Macbeth is a famous play written by William Shakespeare in the seventeenth century. The play was written for James the VI, who was the King of the Scots in the 11th century. This play is known for its violence, tragic events and the twist on gender roles. The story begins by presenting Macbeth as a well-respected, loyal, and honorable hero and thane of Scotland; and his wife, Lady Macbeth as a very charismatic lady who goes above and beyond to get what she wants. However, throughout the play both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s character changes. Their character changes not only in terms of personality, but they also switch gender roles. Stereotypically in the seventeenth century men were expected to be the dominant partner in the relationship. However, in the play, William Shakespeare represents Lady Macbeth as the dominant partner in the relationship. With a variation of different themes in the play William Shakespeare emphasizes the idea that gender stereotypes should not exist by characterizing Lady Macbeth as the dominant partner in the relationship, making the appearances of the three weird sisters different from other women, and finally depicting the idea that if men show any type of emotion it may allow them to appear as weak or inferior to someone else. This is a very common stereotype that is mostly associated with men because they are expected to be strong and not let anything hold them back. William Shakespeare’s initial…

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