Role Of Women In Macbeth

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In Macbeth, one of the most tragic and well known plays, William Shakespeare changes women’s part in society. During this time period, women are known to be both mentally and physically weaker than men. Women are called to be only housewives. Shakespeare reflected the image of women in society by giving the men bigger leads in his plays. Only in a few of Shakespeare's plays did he give women strong leading roles. Macbeth is one of the few plays where women play a more powerful role than the men. In Macbeth, he gives the women unusual traits like manipulation and betrayal. In William Shakespeare's play Macbeth, women like Lady Macbeth , the trio witches, and Lady Macduff portray non-feminine traits.
In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth , Macbeth’s wife, is a very tragic character. She plays a very masculine role, even more masculine than the main male role: “She so dominates the scenes in which
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These women all had unique characteristics; however, one similar characteristic would be their masculinity. They all showed characteristics of masculinity in a different way. Lady Macbeth showed power through the manipulation of her husband, Macbeth. Lady Macbeth implies that she wants to be a man when she asks the witches to unsex her. Being a man means to have power. The witches had “power” making them the most masculine. The witches showed masculinity through manipulation of the mind; not only of Macbeth, but also Lady Macbeth. Not just that, but also their physical features were so called masculine. The least masculine feminine character out of all would be Lady Macduff. She did not look like a man physically. She was mentally masculine. Since Macduff left the family, Lady Macduff was seen as the man figure in the family. William Shakespeare’s Macbeth gave women like Lady Macbeth, Lady Macduff, and the trio witches a chance to show off their masculine
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