Women in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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Women in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

In modern times, women have been walking shoulder to shoulder with men

to match, at times, even excel any of man's accomplishments. From the

likes of Mary Curie and her famous invention to the space travelling

women of today, the feminine gender has been an influential one to

today's society. On the contrary, during the period where

Shakespeare's play takes place, seemingly the 'Renaissance', an

ordinary woman had very little say in their families, let alone in the

society. Back then, the society was very 'male-dominated' one and

their significant others would merely grant their every will. In the

play however, we encounter a plot very different to this. Written by

William Shakepeare, Macbeth is a story of courageous and loyal general

whose lust for the ultimate power of the throne eventually results in

the downfall of himself and his loved ones. Here, I will talk about

how the women in the play, along with Macbeth himself, played a

significant role in doing so in William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'.

The importance of women in this play is perhaps indicated when

Shakespeare commences the play with a conversation between the three

Witches (Act I, Scene I). The witches discuss their schedule and

confirm when and where to meet with Macbeth. They decide to meet 'Upon

the Heath' when '…the battle's lost and won'. While the duo of Macbeth

and Banquo were returning from the battle, they encounter the three

evil sisters. Upon their meeting, they greet Macbeth as the Thane of

Glamis and Banquo as the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth is awestruck by the

addressing as he was uninformed about their recent promotion.

Following this, the Witches tell Macbeth their prophecy that would

play a vital part in the play. Macbeth is informed that he shall be

sitting upon the throne one day. After this, they turn to Banquo and

tell him that although he shall not be the king, he will have them

(Act I Scene III 'All hail Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter!')

('Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none').
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