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'Macbeth' is a play written by William Shakespere in the 15 century.

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Macbeth Essay Tim Cook 'Macbeth' is a play written by William Shakespere in the 15 century. Macbeth is a loyal and brave captain in the Kings army who throughout the play is influenced by many things, one of which are the three witches. Macbeth is deceived again and again by visions shown to him by the witches and the theme of deceit is an underlying factor in the play, either used or experienced by everybody. In the 15-century, wars were common. People always wanted more land than they had because land was power. Many men of the right age would either join up or be called up into the army. It was the expectation to be loyal to their King and country and to be brave in battle. For a man to show emotion was unheard of and crying was considered womanly. We see this when Macduff is embarrassed and later apologises for weeping after hearing about the massacre of his family 'O I could play a woman with mine eyes'. ...read more.

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She is not naturally evil she is just blinded by her ambition for her and her husband to succeed. Lady Macbeth sets the scene 'the fatal entrance.....under my battlements. In the speech she is trying to get rid of all the qualities that make her a woman ' take my milk for gall'. In this example she is trying to rid herself of the stereotypical as well as the physical qualities. Ridding herself of emotion 'stop up th' access and passage to remorse'. Insecurity- 'that no compunctious visitings of nature shake my fell purpose and as the mother of her children 'take my milk for gall'. This is so Shakespeare can illustrate the social status of a woman at that period, that woman weren't capable and couldn't kill people. To do so Lady Macbeth had to become a man and get rid of her female characteristics. No one as much as by Macbeth makes the underlying tone of murderous deceit true. At the beginning, Macbeth is fighting a war against the Norwegians. ...read more.

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At the start of the play we are shown a powerful, strong warrior, but his murderous campaigns leave him weak and plagued with guilt. The people of the 15th and 16th centuries believed that God had chosen the King/Queen. It was the Divine right. If anyone killed a king it was seen as a violation against god and a disruption of the natural order. Macbeth destroyed this natural order and this bought about his end. The play also shows us the stereotypical roles of men and women as seen through Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, including how a woman is not supposed to be able to kill as it is not in her nature. Another example of this is Joan of Arc who lived at the same time. She is another example of a woman who took on the stereotypical male role and how it also ended her life. 'Macbeth' is showing us that men should remain men and women should remain women. It helps illustrate that these were the roles of men and women at this point in history and how trying to deny them was to lead to deception lies and tragedy. ...read more.

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