Gender Roles In Macbeth

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In Shakespearian times the woman had no powerful roles, they did not write or act in plays. The roles were strictly played by men. This was true, however, in Macbeth written by William Shakespeare he portrays that both the men and the women in the play craved powerful roles, and desire ambition. Additionally, he shows how the roles of gender are flipped between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and displays that Lady Macbeth wants control over Macbeth. In the play Lady Macbeth stands in for Macbeth’s manliness throughout the text, and she is the brain of all his decisions. Although “A Strange Infirmary” authored by Jenijoy La belle asserts that the actions of a women in that time period were not looked at as manly actions, and women were incapable…show more content…
Macbeth gained his power through the direction of Lady Macbeth. Furthermore, the paper “The Five Tragedies in Macbeth” written by Miguel Bernad, he exclaims in the text the tragedies in the play Macbeth that ultimately led to his death. In addition, leading up to that he shows how the roles of gender are exchanged between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. In the play Lady Macbeth seeks ultimate power possibly even more than her husband. Besides, Lady Macbeth was the mastermind behind the murder of King Duncan.The author continues by saying Lady Macbeth wanted to be equal to a man, and had an un filling hunger for ambition. However, in that time period women were seen as fragile objects, and had no authority. They could not have the qualities of a man in that time. However, “Lady Macbeth, likewise, has the makings of greatness” as her husband did (Bernad 2). Furthermore, it is known that “no ordinary woman could call upon the spirits of darkness as she does” (Bernad 2). In this source he touches the important fact that, Lady Macbeth manipulated her husband into killing the beloved King, and felt no remorse. Though, Macbeth could not successfully finish the deed. The author continues through his paper explaining how Lady Macbeth and Macbeth trade roles towards the end of the play. Macbeth had become too confident and dependent on the witches prophecies, and had no fear of death, and Lady Macbeth had begun to sleepwalk and speak in her sleep.

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