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Are Women Portrayed as Evil in " Macbeth"?

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´╗┐In the play women are seen as dangerous forces that can emasculate and ruin men, discus. From the beginning of the play women are seen to be deceitful. The evil done by the women characters is different in comparison to the men because while the men are perceived to be physically violent, Lady Macbeth and the three witches are more indirect in their ?violence?. The women in the play are seen to use the manipulation to do harm to other characters instead of being physically violent. In the beginning of the play the witches are introduced to the audience as they meet Macbeth and Banquo, and even then the witches are depicted as scheming. The witches tempt Macbeth and play on his desire as the prophecies that the witches depict are not straightforward and often ambiguous in meaning. ...read more.


In the second meeting between the witches and Macbeth, the witches then go on to further manipulate Macbeth as they feed him the illusion that he is invincible and cannot be killed by one born of woman. The witches lead to the destruction of Macbeth. Therefore the manipulation done by the witches is indirect but depends upon deception, in this case it by leads Macbeth to believe in things that are not true or perhaps only partly true. The three witches are effective in their deception. Lady Macbeth is the only other female character introduced in the play, and almost ?acts as an agent of evil? throughout the play. Lady Macbeth is involved in Macbeth?s thoughts and pushes and prompts him to commit the murder. ...read more.


Therefore the women play a great role in Macbeth because the witches manipulate Macbeth into thinking of murder and Lady Macbeth fuels the Macbeths temptation and turns his ?evil? thoughts into reality, and even when Macbeth fears the deed that he has done (the murder) lady Macbeth takes on his role and wipes Duncan?s guards with blood, in order to ensure that the plan runs smoothly. Therefore Lady Macbeth achieves her role in completing what the three witches started. Lady Macbeth can be seen to be the single most important part of the evil in the play. Throughout the play Lady Macbeth almost controls Macbeth by manipulating him and questioning his masculinity. In conclusion the women in the play of Macbeth are portrayed to evil, as it can be seen that the women?s actions lead to the tragic end of Macbeth. ...read more.

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