Lady Macbeth’s “unsex me speech” leads her to acquire male attributes throughout the play, Lady Macduff openly criticizes her husband for leaving, and minor characters such as “the sailor’s wife” are inhospitable and unaccommodating. Although this seems to portray support for modern views of women, this is not true. It, in fact, reinforces traditional roles, as every “strong independent woman” within the play is punished. Women that go against “natural gender roles” disrupt order and lose their personal stability. This is evidenced by the actions of Lady Macbeth, minor female characters such as the sailor’s wife and the gentlewoman, and Lady Macduff.
Lady Macbeth is forced into androgyny by Macbeth, who lacks manliness and causes her to abandon some of her femininity while ultimately gaining traditional traits related to men. Throughout the entire play, Macbeth’s lack of manliness was often questioned by Lady Macbeth. And because of this lack of manliness that exist in ma... ... middle of paper ... ...he is not a cold blooded creature, she does have feeling towards people who are close to her. “Help me hence, ho!” (2.3.135), these are the words that she said right before she fainted; Many people thought she is just acting, but perchance she is not. She cannot withstand seeing the face so much like her father that is covered in blood.
The word 'then you were a man', makes Macbeth feel guilty because before in her eyes he was more brave and manly. This quote makes Macbeth feel weak and gives Lady Macbeth more power over her husband. The whole quote shows that Lady Macbeth started to be more cruel to her husband and is only thinking about herself. Shakespeare does this to make the audience distrust Lady Macbeth. The audience will feel sympathy for Macbeth and find Lady Macbeth interesting but less likable.
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.
All her attempts to improve her status are watered down by male rivalry. Queen Guinevere does not find pleasure in the male company. Love, the only benefit she could reap from men is given no room. Guinevere’s preference for Sir Lancelot creates animosity amongst the Knights of the Round Table. Her illegitimate affair is resented by Sir Modred as betrayal.
This bitterness may be because he feels he has been betrayed by the 2 main women in his life. His mother by marrying Claudius and Ophelia by rejecting him. Women often have symbolic roles in Hamlet. Gertrude isn’t an evil character but is tainted by Claudius. This proves that Shakespeare presents women as being morally week, and led by men, rather than making their own choices.
We can clearly conclude that Lady Macbeth’s aspiration was a deep passion for power, which she blatantly exposed through her manipulative words to her husband. Shakespeare’s illustration of Lady Macbeth was in complete contrast to the Renaissance era, in which women were supposed to be maternal, frail, nonviolent, and made to serve and obey their men (“Elizabethan Women”). It is quite distinct that Shakespeare elucidated a contrary depiction of Lady Macbeth in comparison to the passive women of the Renaissance era, which portrays Macbeth to have adopted a principle that goes against all the conventional concepts of how a female should be regarded by a male during Shakespeare’s time.
Lady Macbeth was not seen as the typical woman image, she had the power over her relationship with Macbeth and was presented as a manipulative woman where as woman in the 17th century were considered delicate, had no rights and were inferior to men, had no power or education and were obedient to their father and husbands. Lady Macbeth brainwashed Macbeth to get the power she desired, this is seen through the forceful statement by Lady Macbeth "Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, and... ... middle of paper ... ...cters and writing techniques to develop his key theme of power and ambition throughout his play, but also through the use of language. He uses powerful imagery which allows us to visualise his scenes with ease without the use of props, varied vocabulary and the lyricism of his verse which often has a lingering effect on the audience. He uses a wide range of allusions to classical, religious and historical icons, stories and people and frequently uses puns, juxtaposition, assonance, alliteration, all are tactics to engage and entertain his audience. Ambition has fatal consequences in the play, which include Macbeth being murdered as a tyrant and Lady Macbeth committing suicide.
She is saying that she be... ... middle of paper ... ...s. But while Lady Macbeth is showing her true strength, Macbeth is showing his true weakness. He does not act like a Jacobean husband should. He had an argument with his wife which he did not win and then he let her walk all over him to get her own way, he even allowed her to call him a coward. In conclusion, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have a very unusual relationship for a Jacobean couple. Lady Macbeth does not behave as a lady of that time and instead acts like the husband by taking charge and always getting her own way.
She reaches the peak of control which leads to her demise. Throughout the play, there are things that cause her to lose her mind, like the random out bursts of his conscience trying to come clean when he has no power in what he is doing to get to where he was prophesied to be. Lady Macbeth arises in the beginning of the story becoming powerful causing her to become corrupt by the power. She did love Macbeth as much as he loved her but she was more in love with the thought of him being at the top and not thinking of all the conse... ... middle of paper ... ...ansing products after committing some immoral act may be the mind’s way of attempting to cleanse the body of sin or guilt (Stuttaford). Of course the significance of this episode is that it completes Lady Macbeth’s descent into insanity, and eliminates any chance that she may return, as her guilt and mental stress are far too great.