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The role of women in Macbeth is very negative, the main women are the witches and Lady Macbeth, and they are both evil in the play. They both play a bad influence on Macbeth

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Macbeth- coursework. Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare, it was one of his most famous plays, for its great storyline and strong characters. One of the characters, Lady Macbeth has a great significance to Macbeth's downfall. To understand more about how the witches and Lady Macbeth have this great effect on Macbeth, we must understand the historical and social context. At the time when Macbeth was written, in 1605, James I was the king of Scotland and England. James was a protestant, and many Roman Catholics did not agree on this they wanted a Catholic ruler, many tried to plot against him, including Guy Fawkes. James liked drama and especially enjoyed Shakespeare's plays. So this was a way for Shakespeare to please James I. Shakespeare was also popular with his audience. In the C17th, people were great believers in supernatural beliefs, including witchcraft. It did not take a lot for people to believe that witches were real. So that the witches could have an evil influence on Macbeth was a believable concept to audiences of the time. The women in C17th kept a low profile, their only status was through their husband. If their husband was rich then they would be also. The story of Macbeth is about a man's downfall due to bad influences and his ambitions and growing ego. The story is about three witches who prophesy that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor, thane of Glamis and King of Scotland. After telling Macbeth of this Macbeth becomes eager and ambitious to become king. ...read more.

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Even though she calls on the evil spirits we still know that she can't be as strong or evil as she wants to be. "Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done't" (2.2, line 12-13). Here Lady Macbeth explains to Macbeth that she would have done it, but as Duncan slept he looked like her father and so she was unable to do it. This is an indication that she remains a woman and still has a woman's tenderness. It is ironic when Macduff warns that the news of Duncan's murder isn't ideal for a woman to hear. "tis not for you to hear what I can speak. The repetition in a woman's ear" (2.3, line 81-82). The audience knows that this situation is perfectly fine for Lady Macbeth to be exposed to, so for Macduff to say this we can begin understand the reputation that women in the C17th had, and then we can see just how cruel Lady Macbeth really is. We know that Lady Macbeth is a great influence to Macbeth; to understand more we must understand the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's relationship is very tight and close. They seem to tell each other everything. For example when the witches made the prophecies, he wrote to Lady Macbeth to tell her about everything. "This have I thought good to deliver" (1.5 line 9). In the relationship we can see that Lady Macbeth is more dominant than Macbeth, she is more controlling. " Leave all the rest to me" (1.5, line 71) she has already planned the murder out before Macbeth has agreed to it. ...read more.

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For example when she tells Macbeth to be brave, "But screw your courage to the sticking place, and we'll not fail" (act 1.7, line 61), the way she might have said this would have been loud and aggressive, making the audience see how influential she really is.cobd bdr sebdbdw orbd bdk inbd fobd bd. The women in Macbeth are greatly important to the plot of the play, Shakespeare makes storylines to show how influential and evil they are. The witches play a great part because they foretell the future to Macbeth, it is an option for Macbeth to accept or not accept their predictions, but he decides to accept because the predictions come true and because they are so tempting to dream about such prophecies, like becoming king. And because they are the evil equivocators they are seen as even more evil and betraying, letting Macbeth fall into their spell. Lady Macbeth is important as she is the wife of Macbeth, and because they have a loving relationship she is even more influential on Macbeth. The relationship between Macbeth is very close and tight and this helps Lady Macbeth to control what Macbeth does. After Lady Macbeth has influenced Macbeth to kill Duncan, we see that this leads to the number of disastrous and unnecessary chain of events. All the women lead to the downfall of Macbeth because Macbeth is so gullible and weak, whereas the other women seem a lot stronger than he is. So in conclusion Lady Macbeth and the witches are the main reason for Macbeth's downfall, because of the way they twist the truth or try and blackmail Macbeth. ...read more.

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