One would expect, stereotypically, that Macbeth would be the one trying to convince his queasy wife that killing the King would be a blessing. Instead, Shakespeare turns things upside down and puts the pants on Lady Macbeth. Just as we're beginning to accept this, he turns it around again, with Lady Macbeth's suicide and Macbeth's heroic (although evil) bravery. Act IV contains two noticeable echoes of the "Fair is foul and foul is fair" theme. First, while Malcom and Macduff are talking, we learn of Malcom's terrible nature, and that he would rape, pillage and steal were he king.
Hamlet basically tells his mom (Queen Gertrude) to shut up and sit down, and Laertes tells Ophelia that he holds the key to her mind. Since Hamlet is notoriously the worst to the female sex, we will start with the assault on his character. Hamlet said "Frailty, thy name is woman,“ thus Hamlet believes his men are the epitome of stability and strength, right? Not really, but Hamlet's attitude toward women is definitely sexist and biased, and his hate seems to emanate from his revulsion at his mother's marriage to Claudius, which he considers “unfaithfulness” to his dead father. His attitude is totally unjustified.
Lady Macbeth displays no sign of the stereotyped tenderness of Elizabethan women. When the murder was complete, Lady Macbe... ... middle of paper ... ...time came. As Macbeth began to feel nervous and uneasy about his task, Lady Macbeth scolded him, claiming a “beast… made [him] break this enterprise to [her, and] when [he] durst do it, then [he was] a man” (1.7.52-54) Lady Macbeth challenged Macbeth’s masculinity, which allowed her to regain dominance in her relationship and convince Macbeth to follow through. With Lady Macbeth’s constant manipulation and commands, it is evident that she, the woman, possesses dominance over Macbeth, altering the gender roles and stereotypes of a husband and wife. Lady Macbeth was able to manipulate not only Macbeth, but the gender stereotypes imposed upon women of Elizabethan culture through her personality, actions, and her relationship with Macbeth.
“Hie thee hither, that I may pour my spirits into thine ear” she wants her husband to hurry back so she can talk to him about killing the king. Lady Macbeth’s determination to be queen is evident when she refers to “the raven” who “himself is hoarse” and “croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan”. It is here that we realise she means to end his life, she calls upon evil spirits to “unsex me here” abandoning all her feminine qualities, her “direst cruelty” to evident when she opposes her nature asking for it to “take my milk for gall.” She warns him warns him of such things such as “your face, my thane, is a book where men may read strange matters” She tells him how to behave when around the king “…bear welcome in your eye, your hand, your tongue; look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t”. She is so certain of her own strength and determination that she can say “leave all the rest to me” Act 1 scene 7, when Macbeth has doubts with regard to killing Duncan, Lady Macbeth is quick to manipulate him knowing exactly what to say. “Was the hope drunk?” Lady Macbeth calls Macbeth a coward “and live a coward in thine own esteem”.
"Yet I do fear thy nature, it is too full o’th milk of human kindness. To catch the nearest way thou wouldst be great. Art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it." (Act 1, scene 5). Lady Macbeth is the force behind Macbeth’s sudden ambition and she tries to manipulate him into feeling guilty and unmanly for not following through with the murder, by using her husbands emotions, she manages to convince Macbeth to murder Duncan.
"That I may pour my spirits in thine ear" Shows that Lady Macbeth knows that she is evil and is wishing that she could share her evil with Macbeth. "Make thick my blood, Stop up th' Access and Passage to remorse." Expresses Lady Macbeth wanting more evil and is asking for her blood to stop the passage through her heart, so she can continue her evil ways without any remorse or guilt. Although Lady Macbeth is evil, she knows well not to convey this trait to the public, but to be pleasant and sweet to the king and others. Once Macbeth is told his prophecy of being king by the witches, he soon writes a letter to his wife explaining his newly found future, hoping to find some advice in return.
After Hamlet’s speech about suicide and death, Hamlet describes the causes of his pain, specifically his disgust at his mother’s marriage to Claudius. Hamlet is upset with his mother’s choice in remarriage more so than the actual death of his father. As Hamlet contemplates his mother’s marriage, he cries out “frailty, thy name is woman!” (Shakespeare, I. ii. 150) Because of his mother’s actions, Hamlet sees all women as weak, frail, and untrustworthy. Hamlet goes on to explain the unreasonable timing of his mother’s marriage, stating how an animal would have mourned the loss of its mate longer than Hamlet’s mother did.
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).
King Lear 's eldest daughters take on the role as being "the ideal villains" ("Role of Women") who strives to embrace the power of the stronger "sex" from being to end. The deviant siblings only had an appetite for greed and were willing to crush anyone who steps in their way. Goneril is a ‘monster ' through the eyes of her own husband Albany( Lind ) because of her actions towards her father, while her own father compares her to an animal by stating she is nothing more than a "Detested kite" (Shakespeare 1.4.253 ), a vulture who preys on its victims. Her evil behavior and actions speak volume to her role and certainly reinforces Lear 's idea that greed turns people into animals. Lear sees Goneril as being nothing more than an ungratefully child with a beastly attitude (Lind).
Societal Effects on the Macbeths Ambitions cloud the heads of those who then become irrational causing a loss of everything that makes one great. In Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth chose crime and treachery over their own sanity creating a short lived life of guilt and misery. As the plot unfolds the dynamics of the couples’ broken relationship come to light with the lack of communication and plotting behind one another. With a brief appearance of the Three Witches the ominous feel and prophecy of Macbeth eventually becoming king is introduced to the play. Intrigued by this possibility he shares the news with his wife and so begins the thirst for power in the Macbeth’s.