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Lady Macbeth and Her Gender

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In Shakespeare's time women were considered to stay ay home, do the housework and to look after the children after they were married. The role of women was just to please men. Women had no right and no choices because men defined women. A young women's future was defined by their father and they had no choice to refuse. In Shakespeare's time, which was the Elizabethan period, there were no actresses and men played women in plays. To women in those times the play 'Macbeth' would seem very strange as Lady Macbeths character is nothing like women in then, even to men the character would seem strange. Lady Macbeth is an ambiguous character as she has two sides to her, one side is that she is fiendlike and the other is that she is not fiendlike. The first time we meet lady Macbeth, is when she was reading a letter that Macbeth had written to her telling her about the witches prophecy. She reads the letter and says 'yet I do fear thy nature, it is too full o'th' milk of human kindness'. ...read more.


'Look like th'innocent flower, but be serpent under it'. Here lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth to look innocent but be evil inside. This is like Adam and Eve where Adam is Macbeth and eve is Lady Macbeth and the serpent tempted them. This also spoiled their stay in paradise and to Macbeth and lady Macbeth it will spoil the whole existence of the world, as they will be breaking the chain of being. This shows us that lady Macbeth is fiendlike and doesn't care about the rest of the world. Two scenes later lady Macbeth says something very shocking, which may have just changed Macbeth's mind. 'Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I sworn as you have done this', here lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth that she would kill her own child and throw it on the floor and let it die than break a promise she had made. This is pure evil and again to an Elizabethan audience and to our modern audience this is odd, as no one would say that. ...read more.


This has a bit of a effect on the audience as they now know she isn't all evil. After the deed is done Macbeth says this is a 'sorry sight' and lady Macbeth replies with 'a foolish thought, to say a sorry sight', she is saying its too late now you've done it and your dreams will come true. She is keeping his hopes up and is also trying to forget about it. When Macduff tells Duncan's son of their father's murder, Macbeth has to depend himself and to help him out lady Macbeth faints in order to bring the attention away from Macbeth so that he would not be questioned. If she did not care about Macbeth she would have not done this. So this shows that she does love Macbeth. Lady Macbeth has her times when she is pure evil but she also cares about Macbeth and about his well-being. She was very strong and kept her emotions inside her until the end and it drove her to sleep walk and then at the end to suicide. She kept it all inside for Macbeth so he would not get worried and so therefore I can't say she is fiendlike or not. ?? ?? ?? ?? Anil Bhojani ...read more.

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