Essay on William Shakespeare 's ' Macbeth '

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Are you a man?
(An analysis of manhood in Macbeth acts 1-4) Manhood is a term used relatively often in the play Macbeth by Mr. William Shakespeare. Being a man means you are no longer a boy, or child and you are mature and not considered a child anymore. Throughout the first four acts of the play, many men are asked if they are men or not and many are not asked, just accused. Macbeth is a play about a man that gets so caught up in having power that he gives up all the good things he had, just to get the power he thinks he wants. The play was written by William Shakespeare in about 1606 while he lived in England. The play has been performed many times and each time it is done a little bit differently in regards to how apparitions and ghosts are shown. In acts 1-4, the theme of manhood is referenced many times, by Lady Macbeth in Act 1, by her again in Act 2, by Macbeth in Act 3, and by Lady Macduff in Act 4. Lady Macbeth questions her husband’s manhood very early in the play and she continues to do so throughout the entirety of the play. When Macbeth runs into the 3 evil watches and is given 3 prophecies about his life, he tells his wife about them and she appears in Act 1, Scene 5 reading the letter from him about the prophecies. When Banquo and Macbeth see the witches, they say “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!” At this point Macbeth is already Thane of…

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