William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Manhood and Cruelty Only men by strong, courageous, and powerful, agree? Well, in Macbeth manhood is concurrent with power, physical strength, courage, and force of will. Rarely though, is it bound to the ideals of moral fortitude or mentality. The motif of gender recurs many times in Shakespeare’s work. Being a “man” in Macbeth means that you must be physically capable, cruel, and do what ever it takes to accomplish one’s goals. Women were supposed to obey their husbands and be good. Evil from a woman was absolutely not permitted. The women in Macbeth are the fire behind the battle. Through out the play, Lady Macbeth repeatedly emasculates her husband in order to manipulate Macbeth to do what she wants. By questioning his manhood, Lady Macbeth motivates her husband on to murder Duncan. Then later in the play, Macbeth provokes the three murderers he hires to off Banquo in a similar manner. There are many examples of evidence that cruelty is associated with manhood through out the play. Lady Macbeth wishes she had characteristics of a man so that she could do her husbands job herself. “Come, you spirits/That tend on moral thoughts, unsex me here;/and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full/Of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood;/stop up th’ acess and passage to remorse…” (I.iv.31-42). This speech makes it quite clear that Lady Macbeth is extremely willing to take whatever actions necessary to seize control of the throne. Lady Macbeth’s purposefulness contrasts with her

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