Theme Of Metaphor In Macbeth

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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 …show more content…
36). Here Macbeth is talking about the horrible thoughts that are going through his head, and Lady Macbeth knows that Banquo and Fleance cannot live forever. Even though Lady Macbeth knows that Banquo and Fleance cannot live forever she does not know that Macbeth has sent people to go and kill them. The literary device of metaphor shows that Macbeth 's mind is not allowing him to think straight and that he has a mind full of scorpions. D.W. Harding is an author who analyzes the Shakespearean Theme of “Women’s Fantasy of Manhood”. When analyzing, Harding notes, “The nature of manliness is a question running all through the play, manliness as lived by the man and manliness seen in the distorting fantasy of the woman” (Harding 245). Manliness is pretty dominant throughout the play, and Lady Macbeth tries to take it from her man. Lady Macbeth wants to have the mentality of a man, since men have power, because she will then have power. In this time period it is seen as men having all the power and the women are there to do the housework. Also, in this time period the ordinary wife is not the category that Lady Macbeth fits into. She is above and beyond this. Lady Macbeth stands up above the category of …show more content…
Lady Macbeth feels that her husband is a coward because she would make a decisions in a blink of an eye, instead of waiting. Lady Macbeth wants the power and will doing anything to get it. Andrew French analyzes The Tragedy of Macbeth as a whole. French understands and explains how powerful and underestimated Lady Macbeth is throughout the play. “Lady Macbeth, a powerful person, is drawn to the role in which worldly power resides. She seems to be an exemplary wife: she encourages and supports her husband, in true wifely fashion rather than undermining him; She sees, knows, understands the terms of the world she lives in, and she does not shrink from approving the savage means this culture uses to maintain itself ”(French 59). Lady Macbeth seems to be an ordinary wife but in all reality, she is more dominant than Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is very smart like many of the women within this time period. They all are highly educated just like the queen. However Lady Macbeth understands everything around her on a day to day basis and knows how to react to everything in the correct way. Lady Macbeth makes many important decisions, and has a lot of the guilt, which builds up inside of her and causes her

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