Shakespeare uses the characterization of Kate to demonstrate how she defies traditional gender roles by being the only person to speak in iambic pentameter. This demonstrates her intelligence unlike many women. In addition, Kate doesn 't enjoy receiving orders from others. When her father leaves with Bianca and tells Kate she may stay, she gets angry. "Why, and I trust I may go too, may I not?
However, Lady Macbeth is worried that Macbeth is too weak, and is not determined enough to become king and seize the crown. This is revealed when Lady Macbeth says ‘yet do I fear thy nature, it is too full o’th’ milk of human kindness’. Later in this scene, she adds ‘Look like th' innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t’, instructing Macbeth to be deceptive with his emotions. Upon hearing that ... ... middle of paper ... ... Lady Macbeth because of her single minded determination to become queen and her overpowering, manipulative and often cruel behaviour towards Macbeth. This is cleverly portrayed by Shakespeare as women in that era were regarded as inferior in the mind, will and body.
Lady Macbeth is thought of being a truly evil character because of the way Shakespeare portrays her character. Her malevolent influence on Macbeth, her trying to hide her humanity to help her have more power over her husband, then her trying very hard to hide her guilt are all examples of the evil she had done. Her dark and sinister nature gradually gave way to insanity and a suicide. Lady Macbeth’s character is a proof that power and thirst for it can lead to insanity and a person’s ultimate down fall. Works Cited Shakespeare, William.
"Yet I do fear thy nature, it is too full o' th' milk of humane kindness, to catch the nearest way". This is ironic because he treats her as an equal and yet she thinks that he should be more like her. It is Lady Macbeth's ambition that makes her think of murder. After hearing about the prophecy, she takes it upon herself to make sure that it comes true, rather than waiting for it. Shakespeare wants the audience to see the powerful and impatient side of Lady Macbeth in this part of the scene.
Towards the end, when the crimes have been committed, Lady Macbeth shows weakness and guilt for her evil deeds. Lady Macbeth expresses a hidden evil throughout the play. Behind closed doors, she shows her evil by voicing her heartless phrases to herself. She shows she has no love but for her evil and knows no bounderies when it comes to having her way. "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.
Lady Macbeth lacks status of her own, as did all women in this era as ‘status’ could only be derived from one’s husband or father. The doctrine Macbeth adopts goes against all the conventional ideas of how a female should be regarded by a male. In the Renaissance era the division of the sexes were so vast, but Lady Macbeth resists persistently even when Macbeth dismisses her: ‘We will proceed no further in this business:’ (I vii 32) To resist what Macbeth says on whatever grounds, is not to be a woman at all. A woman is supposed to be weak, frail and submissive to male desires and certainly not supposed to debate effectively with her husband. But Lady Macbeth does reject the ‘woman’s’ role - as defined by men.
Not only are women portrayed as dominant, but they are also portrayed as evil beings with selfish motives. After Lady Macbeth receives the letter from Macbeth in act 1 scene 5, she says that Macbeth is too kind to kill King Duncan and seize the title. She says she will persuade him to seize what he deserves in lines 26 to 27. “That I may pour my spirits in thine ear And chastise with the valor of my tongue” (Shakespeare 810). This scene shows reveals that Macbeth would never kill King Duncan without the influence of Lady Macbeth.
Shakespeare's portrayal of women in Hamlet is unlike his portrayal of them in Macbeth; nevertheless, they have similarities that are seen later in each play. Ophelia, who is Laertes's sister, Polonius's daughter, and Hamlet's lover, is seen as submissive and innocent while Macbeth's wife, Lady Macbeth, is displayed as ruthless and corrupting. Ophelia and Lady Macbeth are different in their characters because of Ophelia's weakness, her obedience to Laertes, Polonius, and Hamlet, Lady Macbeth's perseverance for power and her manipulative nature towards her husband. However, Ophelia and Lady Macbeth both have a need for the men in their lives in order to keep sane and die after these men leave them. Ophelia's weakness and easily influenced personality opposes Lady Macbeth's outward show of strength and independence.
In Virginia Woolf 's work, A Room of One 's Own, in her writing on "Shakespeare 's Sister" and "Chloe Liked Olivia," there is a sense of mourning for literature composed by women that never had the opportunity to come into existence for a variety of reasons. Woolf is correct when she asserts that in the past women did not have equal opportunity to write as did men, thus there are likely masterpieces that could have been created had women been given the chance, however she appears to contradict herself in her writing on androgyny, when she states that the best writer is one who has a mind with no gender. However, what is in fact being emphasized is not that the absence of women writers has caused a female perspective to be missing, rather,
The Relationship of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth In Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth', deception plays a very large part in the relationships and thoughts about and towards others. There are phrases thought or talked about by Macbeth and his wife which signify the similarities between them and deceive other. 'Fair is foul and foul is fair' The witches say this at the very beginning of the play (1.1.11) and it is written to confuse us as two phrases that are together and have a link yet are mysterious and have a hidden meaning that is that Macbeth can seem very kind and loyal but actually is evil and treacherous or the opposite with other characters. They are then repeated later on by Macbeth who phrases it differently but means it in the same manner "So foul and fair a day" (1.3.38). Confusion persists when the characters hide behind their own masks and hide what they are really thinking about and feel, Macbeth is a master at hiding what he feels, in this case he is hiding his true personality, a personality that at the beginning of the play we thought to be good-natured and kind but it is actually one full of evil and deceit.