. . the cultural links between femininity, [and] female sexuality" (221). In most of his plays, William Shakespeare has many women in secondary roles, only filling dead space or causing strife between men. During Shakespeare's time, thoughts of women bordered on weak and deceitful images, leading to the idea of frail, yet conniving creatures.
After receiving prophecies from the witches about his future to come, he is forced into an ambition-fuelled madness. As previously mentioned, Macbeth was persuaded to kill King Duncan by his wife due to his debatable manliness. This presented Macbeth’s need to prove to his wife he was manly by being valiant and strong and partaking in violent acts. He responds to his wife’s forceful directives by telling her, “Please stop! I dare do all that may become a man;/ Who dares do more is none” (1.7.46-47).
Continuing on, Lady Macbeth is shown to be confident and coy. Her husband's inability to remain confident proves that he is not as ambitious as he thinks he is and Lady Macbeth is the true power behind the throne. As the story progresses, Macbeth’s personality goes from humble to evil and is later on hated by others for reasons encouraged by his wife. For all of these reasons, Shakespeare shows Lady Macbeth and Macbeth to be entirely opposite from the traditional gender roles. Secondly, Lady Macbeth’s person... ... middle of paper ... ...h from gender roles of common men and women, slowly and subconsciously succumbing to her power over him.
“Frailty, thy name is woman” (I.ii.150). The most significant reason for Hamlet’s first soliloquy is based on how he feels about “woman”, mostly referring to his mother. Hamlet shows no respect towards his mother. Shakespeare tries to show Hamlet and other male characters as assertive men. However, in Shakespeare different plays women play a variety of roles.
Lady Macbeth acts connivingly when she mocks Macbeth’s mental and physical strength to carry out the killing of King Duncan, as she says that she would commit a crime against her own child if she were asked to do it. Lady Macbeth speaks cruelly and unladylike when she says, “I have given suck, and know / How tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me: / I would, while it was smiling in my face, / ... ... middle of paper ... ...he “blood stains” reveal that Lady Macbeth has not yet gotten over all the deeds and she is unable to mentally remove those thoughts from her head. Lady Macbeth’s mental unstableness becomes evident as she is unable to control her emotions, and is rather driven by them to a point of self - inflicted distress. Subsequently, Lady Macbeth’s inability to control her guilt and remorse leads her to commit suicide because she is overwhelmed with these emotions she cannot rid herself of. This is revealed when Malcolm says, “... his fiend - like queen, / Who, as ‘tis thought, by self and violent hands / Took off her life” (5.9.36-38).
Lady Macbeth is also caught in the depths of deception and eventually kills herself. Therefore, it is obvious that the main characters of Shakespeare's Macbeth are all negatively affected by the recurring theme of deception. Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth uses her ability to mislead others in many ways. First of all, she decides to use deception to push her husband's ambition to be king. ...Hie thee hither, that I may pour my spirits in thine ear, and chastise with the valour of my tongue all that impedes thee from the golden round...(1.5.25-28) Lady Macbeth believes that, to be successful in his ambitions, Macbeth must rise above his goodness and accept her evil ways.
It is quite clear that Lady Macbeth is much more manly than how one might picture her, despite her understanding of masculinity descending the play into chaos. While it is also clear that she greatly suffers from gender dysphoria and relies on supernatural spirits to change her gender, Shakespeare is actually trying to address the issue of misogyny. Lady Macbeth is portrayed as a male figure to demonstrate that women can be just as violent and aggressive as a man. We also see female influence over their male counterparts. The reason that Macbeth becomes so corrupt is due to Lady Macbeth convincing him to commit evil actions.
In both cases the fault lies with the male party. In King Lear, it is Lear’s abdication of his throne which acts as a trigger for the eldest daughters, and in Macbeth it is the title character’s lack of initial male dominance which allows Lady Macbeth to influence the critical action of the play. Neither Goneril Regan, nor Lady Macbeth follow the normal female archetype evident in Shakespeare’s other tragedies, but have evolved into powerful and malevolent women who can stand on their own without male support. In King Lear, Goneril and Regan are initially establi... ... middle of paper ... ...character because within her Shakespeare fully recognized the duality of human nature. Her ambition to be queen awakened the innate evil, which is present in every human being, within her which allowed her to connive towards the murder of Duncan.
Shakespeare encircles “Othello’s” plot and themes around its male characters all the while concurrently but indirectly shed light to the hidden anti-parallel dynamic among the livelihood of women. Desdemona, Othello’s wife, the more traditional female character, believes in putting her husband first and that love is all that matters. On the other hand, Emilia, Iago’s wife and one of Desdemona’s dearest friends, is portrayed as the stronger feminist in the play and believes in women’s right and that women are physically no different to men. To place this assumption into retrospect, in Shakespeare time, from the 1558 to the 1600s, England society was ruled by Queen Elizabeth. Although a women took ownership of the country, in Elizabethan’s society married women and minor girls were entirely in the power of their husband and guardianship of their father.
Petruchio emphasis through the repetitiveness of Kate's name within the structure, endorses his authority: he has the ability to conform Kate. There is demonstration of male superiority throughout the rest of the play, portraying injustice in equality. During Act 2 Kate is shrewish but soon as she marries; her character traits begin to wither away, making her fit the role of women in Shakespearean time. Shakespeare could have intended to show the injustice of the role of women in Shakespearean times, implying that even the strong fall weak. He uses the play to mock society's norms but does have to come to a conclusion to show Katherina as vulnerable like any other women were portrayed at that the time