Shakespeare 's Macbeth, By William Shakespeare Essay

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Mistaken Identities Behaviour is composed of countless things like prejudice which can be regarding ethnicity, gender, or social status. Gender stereotypes are often assumptions based on the sex of an individual and are similar to mistaken identities as an individual is portrayed as someone they are not. In the 17th century, gender notions were an essential component in defining an individual’s identity and gender stereotypes continue to exist presently. William Shakespeare 's play Macbeth, places a profound significance upon the theme of gender roles set by society. In Macbeth, characters challenge traditional notions of masculinity and femininity in order to truly express themselves. This is shown by the desire for freedom, character instability and provoking change. To begin with, Lady Macbeth is an antagonist who constantly challenges conventional notions of femininity by desiring a sense of freedom. The social structure states that women are in the lowest position and are meant to be under the authority of men. Primarily, women are not able to voice any rights and Lady Macbeth seeks independence to have freedom. When planning a murder, Lady Macbeth states "...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 th 'access and passage to remorse/That no compunctious visiting of nature/Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between/The effect and it!..."…

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