Essay about Theme Of Gender And Power By William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare shows the theme of gender and power through the use of metaphor. Metaphor is best defined as a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action in which it is not literally applicable. Lady Macbeth receives a letter from her husband, Macbeth. In this letter Macbeth tells her about the prophecies the witches have told him, previously in the play. The witches tell Macbeth that he is to be Thane of Cawdor and the future king. This excites Lady Macbeth because they are going to have all the power in which she desires every single day. Lady Macbeth states, “Of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood, / Stop up the’ access and passage to remorse” (I. v. 43-44). Within this quote from Lady Macbeth there is metaphor between her blood and passageways with remorse. This is an important comparison because she does not want to feel the guilt. She wants to be able to act and then not have to feel the guilt of the act that she completed. Lady Macbeth states that she wants to be deprived of her feminine instinct to care, in doing this it makes her act like a man. If Lady Macbeth gains the mentality of a man she can easily manipulate the powers of her man. This is similar to the decision of killing king Duncan, which is seen a few scenes later on in the play. Lady Macbeth gets upset at Macbeth when he questions whether or not he can successfully kill King Duncan. She feels that if she was in Macbeth’s position that she would not even need to…

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