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Gender Issues - In Macbeth there are some issues that show us that at the time William Shakespeare wrote, women were treated in a much inferior way than men.

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Gender Issues In Macbeth there are some issues that show us that at the time William Shakespeare wrote, women were treated in a much inferior way than men. "For brave Macbeth- well he deserves that name- disdaining fortune, with his brandish steel, which smoked bloody execution" (I.2.16) This quote proves that men are seen as more important than women. It's taken from the start of the play, said by the captain at the battle. The captain is talking about Macbeth and he points out that Macbeth is brave, strong, and not afraid to fight. These are just some of the characteristics men were supposed to posses in the times of William Shakespeare. "So well they words become thee as thy wounds, they smack of honour both" (I.2.43) Duncan's response to the captain is that Macbeth should be rewarded for his bravery in the battle. To show his gratitude towards Macbeth, Duncan makes him Thane of Cawdor. ...read more.

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" He hath honoured me of late" (I.7.31) But Macbeth ends up having to commit the crime in order to prove his "masculinity" to his wife. The morning after the murder, we see Macbeth is very nervous, on edge and he has a very guilty conscience. We can see his nerves in the way he speaks, with short sharp sentences. "Twas a rough night" Macbeth regrets the murder and nearly admits to his crime, but Lady Macbeth pretends to faint to create a diversion from Macbeth to herself. This idea that society depicted is no place for traditional "female" values is something we can develop by looking at Lady Macbeth. We can see through the play that Lady Macbeth changes personality; she goes from being the dominant "male" character of the marriage at the beginning of the play to being the female of the marriage where she should have always of been. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth talks about the other murders, which her husband commits, and how he has lost control of his feeling and how it has devastated her. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth after the murder of Duncan change back into their rightful states. Macbeth becomes the "Man" of the house, while Lady Macbeth recedes into being the "Female" of the house. After the murder of Duncan, Macbeth will do anything to get what he wants, and will do anything to get there. This is what Lady Macbeth would of done in the beginning of the play for her husband. Their marriage slowly deteriorates, and they no longer share their thoughts and feelings with each other any more. Lady Macbeth no longer has any power or control over her husband, and eventually goes mad from not being able to talk or relate to her husband any more. We can see from studying the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth that they are of opposites. When Lady Macbeth is strong and powerful Macbeth is weak, but when Macbeth has power, Lady Macbeth is reduced to being a woman who has no control or power. ...read more.

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