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Compare and Contrast the representation of masculinity in any two plays

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Compare and Contrast the representation of masculinity in any two plays Familiarity with Shakespeare's work often leads to awareness to the representation of masculinity, gender roles, and the patriarchal order as these subjects are often greatly reflected in his writing. Renaissance concept of order meant there was a shift from what used to be an Open Lineage Family, to a Restricted Patriarchal Nuclear Family. In turn, Renaissance families saw an increase in obligations to the church and state. Shakespeare (with the use of irony) often played with typical renaissance beliefs and ideologies, giving his work both historical and critical value. With the endorsement of an ideal marriage based on companionship and sharing, the role of women became increasingly significant; however, their overall treatment and position in society did not reflect this. In support of the above statement, Marilyn French argues, 'As men began to build what would become patriarchy, or "male supremacy built by force," the female class became disempowered, marginalised, and subjugated to the will of the male class.1 shakespeare noted and often commented on the difficulties experienced by Elizabethan women but like many of his radical contemporaries, shakepeares own social and political ideas are shrouded in ambiguity, so although he does have definite beliefs... ...read more.

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The reader could assume his decisiveness and ability to lead a masculine and kingly feature. However, King Richards's action of halting the duel in its last moments in an act of showmanship seems fickle, self-centred; this change of mind and inability to stick to decisions and a need to be centre of attention are attributes of femininity. At this stage there is no reason to suspect that Macbeth has any inherent weaknesses if his manliness is to be questioned it will be outside the decidedly masculine domain. Shakespeare's King Richard after asserting himself within the court over the charge of treason against Mowbray replaces the duel with the banishment of both men. He seems unable to make firm political decisions and shoulder the responsibility that comes with being divinely appointed. In contrast King Duncan wastes no time in performing two basic Kingly duties, punishes the bad and rewarding the good. No more the thane of Cawdor shall deceive our bosom interest: go pronounce his present immediate death And with his former title greet Macbeth The word bosom suggests a love relationship between King and subject and an acknowledgement of his duty to them. ...read more.

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Nor time, nor place, Did then adhere, and yet you would make both: They have made themselves, and that their fitness now Does unmake you. I have given suck, and know How tender' tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck' d my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash' d the brains out, had I so sworn As you have done this. (1.7.47- 59) These words depict an extreme will of steel fit for warrior, a woman who would rather kill her own child than break her wora, so impressed and reassured by this masculinity was Macbeth that his response was, Bring forth men-children only! For thy undaunted mettle should compose Nothing but males. (1.7.73-75) /'( ( Macbeth uses the same tactics used by his wife on him when he insights A the murder of Banquo. He tells the two men that Banquo is the reason for 4 1. 'As men began to build what would become patriarchy, or "male supremacy built by force," the female class became disempowered, marginalised, and subjugated to the will of the male class.' Nicole Rogers Mutuality and Patriarchy in the Renaissance Family and Shakespeare's Macbeth Page 1, paragraph 1 ...read more.

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