An Imbalance Of Power In Relationships In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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The four texts that I have studied all show an imbalance of power in the main character’s relationships. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth we see Macbeth being manipulated by Lady Macbeth, he has stopped making his own decisions and just obeys Lady Macbeth’s wishes. In my three other texts; Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and two Katherine Mansfield short stories, Frau Brechenmacher Attends a Wedding and New Dresses, we see the wives being dominated by their husbands and being treated more like an accessory rather than a partner. In all these texts the social norm was for woman to be mothers and be at home, though society has changed its laws for woman’s rights has society really changed what we view woman’s roles to be.

Equality in relationships is something that you assume would be valued. Ibsen shows this is not the case, clearly with the main characters Nora and Torvald. It is clear to see from the start of the play that this relationship is fair from equal. When Nora is first introduced to the readers she is walking in the door to her husband and hers ‘shared’ house, before she even greets her husband she is already being accused of buying macarons which for some reason Torvald thinks are unacceptable for Nora to buy and accuses Nora of being ‘a little spendthrift’. At first Torvalds’s pet names for Nora could be seen as sweet but after act one being full of ‘little squirrel where are you rustling?’ and ‘my sweet tooth’ it is obvious that this isn’t an equal relationship
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