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Shakespeare, one of the most ionic writers of the sixteenth century wrote many plays that helped shine a new light on literature. Among his works, many of his genres included tragedies, comedies, histories, and romances. Shakespeare was an inimitable author who gave attention to gender ideology in many of his plays. Although Shakespeare mirrored and sometimes braced the English Renaissance stereotypes of men and women in their own distinctive gender roles and accountabilities, I argue that he took on the role to challenge, question, and crush the Renaissance representations of gender. We can see Shakespeare’s challenge to crush these roles in the prevalent drama Macbeth, which helped shaped the scene for the rest of the renaissance literature from the sixteenth century and onward. Macbeth is regarded as a genre of tragedy and its tone, which is prominent at the start of the first scene, is dark, sinister, and plaintive. This tone is not only used throughout the drama but is evident within the characters as well. While the drama express a more sinister tone, there are many moments of humor to enlighten the story as well. Shakespeare always appeased the short attention spanned audience and would put a dash of humor to help keep the attention. This is seen with the drunken porter in act three. The overall problem comes from Macbeth, the protagonist of the play and his main issue is power, overconfidence, and greed. This power and greed leads Macbeth to commit heinous crimes and results in inner conflict with his past actions. Macbeth’s ultimate hunger for power and inner conflict leads to his ultimate downfall. The tone, the imagery, the conflict; all elements seen in the tragedy of Macbeth is important as a whole. It not only ent... ... middle of paper ... ...speare did have many elements of Renaissance literature, he also embraced the idea of rebirth and challenged common standards. There is an obvious parallel between Lady Macbeth and the cultural depictions of the Renaissance era. Lady Macbeth was powerful and authoritive and women who were rising to power were starting to culturally be seen as prevailing and dominant as well. Textually and culturally, Macbeth gave readers of back then and today valued life lessons. In a cultural framework, the issues in Macbeth overlap into today’s cultural society. The greed, overconfidence, and notion that once violence is used to gain power, it is hard to stop transcends into our culture. Textually, modern readers can appreciate the issues involved in Shakespeare’s plays. Macbeth and many other Shakespearean plays’ moral and ethical veracities can be applied in the present day.

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