How Women Are Portrayed Within Macbeth Essays

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William Shakespeare has many interesting female characters throughout all of his different types of works. Some of his women are leading ladies while others are just supporting characters that help move the story along. No matter the depth of the characters’ role, each lady gives some type of unthinkable personality trait that would be unique to women during Shakespeare’s time. Macbeth, Othello, and King Lear all have female characters that portray women who wouldn’t be seen during the time of William Shakespeare’s writing. It took creativity and skill for Shakespeare to get his characters around the censor who would check the plays. His female characters are strong, but not overtly so. He gives them characteristics of his …show more content…
Emotionally and physically women were considered to be the weaker sex. Men had to take care of their family as well as take care of their wives. It was unheard of for a woman to be considered stronger than her husband, or any man for that matter. This is why it is so important to note that William Shakespeare’s women don’t fit the mold of the time they were written. Lady Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s female characters that doesn’t fit the mold for a woman in William Shakespeare’s time. While King James was in power, it was nonsense to think that a woman would be smarter than the King. Shakespeare, however, mocks the King by having Lady Macbeth make Duncan, fictional King of Scotland, sound like a fool. While performing Macbeth, this fact wouldn’t be evident to the royal court especially if it got passed the censor. The censor would read through the plays to make sure that people were going against the King. Duncan makes a statement saying that “there’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face” (1.4.12-15). This line has Duncan saying that a person can’t tell what another person is thinking by just looking at their face. Lady Macbeth refutes this point by saying to her husband: “your face, my Thane, is as a book where men may read strange matters” (1.5.61-62). This contradiction has Lady Macbeth prove Duncan wrong. She can tell that something is on her husband’s
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