Essay William Shakespeare 's ' Macbeth '

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Manliness is a trait that many people connect to those that are brave and vigorous. Showing your true feeling to others would strip this trait away. Using this information, William Shakespeare designed his characters to use manliness as a tool of manipulation rather than using it for the true meaning. In the tragedy Macbeth, Shakespeare demonstrates that the way characters view manliness has a great affect on their actions. Macbeth, and Lady Macbeth use manliness as a tool to kill, but Macduff understands the truth of what is means to be a man. Initially, Lady Macbeth wants to have the same qualities as a man. Secondly, the newly crowned king tries to prove to his wife that he is a man. In addition, Lady Macbeth tries to undermine her husband about the actions that make him a man. Finally, Macduff knows the true meaning behind the term manliness.
One of the most important scenes in the play is when Lady Macbeth desires to be unsexed. After receiving a letter from the Thane of Glamis announcing that he has received an additional title as Thane of Cawdor, as well as meeting three witches that tell him a prophecy of him becoming the new king, she thinks about her husband. She contemplates his abilities to complete the task of overthrowing the old king and becoming the new leader of Scotland. Lady Macbeth knows that with the power of a man she will be able to do the the deed: “Come, you spirits / That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, / And fill me, from the crown to the…

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