The Influence of Masculinity in Shakespeare's Macbeth Essay

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Macbeth uses his manhood to portray his solider like qualities, but Lady Macbeth’s masculinity manipulates Macbeth’s actions, however, in the end it is Macbeth who uses his masculinity to do heinous actions. Macbeth uses his solider like qualities to exemplify his masculinity. When the captain was explaining to Duncan about Macbeth the Captain says, “Yes, as sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion. … they were as cannons overcharged with double cracks, so they doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe” (1.2.35-38). The Captain shows the bravery of Macbeth by comparing him to “cannons overcharged with double cracks,” which means they were as if cannons loaded with double ammunition. This comparison shows that the Caption thinks Macbeth…show more content…
Because she is assertive, she manipulates Macbeth by saying, “shall sun that morrow see.” Before Lady Macbeth said anything, Macbeth was going to let Duncan go but because of Lady Macbeth’s assertiveness, she manipulated Macbeth into killing Duncan. On top of being assertive, Lady Macbeth also downgrades people as a way to show her masculinity and her ability to manipulate Macbeth. When Macbeth and Lady Macbeth argue about the plan to kill Duncan they say, “We will proceed no further in this business... Was the hope drunk Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?” (1.7.32-37). When Macbeth does not want to go through with the plan of killing Duncan Lady Macbeth has a downgrading tone towards Macbeth. Lady Macbeth uses harsh words like “wherein you dressed yourself” and “Hath it slept since” to manipulate Macbeth into killing Duncan instead of using positive words. Because of this, Macbeth kills Duncan out of manipulation. Lady Macbeth uses her masculinity to manipulate Macbeth’s actions. Macbeth uses his masculinity to perform heinous actions. Macbeth says, “Have you considered of my speeches? Know that it was he [Banquo], in the times past, which held you so under fortune” (3.1.78-80). In this scene, Macbeth tells two murders why they should kill Banquo. He uses manipulation as a quality of his manhood to do by using phrases like “held you so under fortune.” He uses these phrases to get under the

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