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Women in Macbeth

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Introduction

Literature is a mirrored image of different ideas and conditions of humanity. Similarly, Shakespeare's plays have frequently been argued to portray a more than biased gender viewpoint towards women. The story and relationships in Shakespeare's Macbeth promote his female characters, while portraying his male characters as the weaker sex. Men, being the more gullible characters, rely heavily on the women for advice, while women are the one in control of most situations. It can be stated that Shakespeare is a feminist writer. Women dictate the future for society in Macbeth. Despite Macbeths role as the main male character, he does not believe in himself; instead, he trust prophecies by female witches with who he has just met. First Witch: "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis." Second Witch: "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor." Third Witch: "All hail Macbeth, That shalt be king hereafter." [Act 1, scene 3, lines 46-48] Macbeth's visits to the witches makes him think that he truly will succeed in becoming King, resulting in his committing murder upon murder to fulfill the supposed prophecy. ...read more.

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-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- MACBETH: "One cried 'God bless us!' and 'Amen' the other; As they had seen me with these hangman's hands. Listening their fear, I could not say 'Amen,' When they did say 'God bless us!" LADY MACBETH: "Consider it not so deeply." MACBETH: "But wherefore could not I pronounce 'Amen'? I had most need of blessing, and 'Amen' Stuck in my throat." LADY MACBETH: "These deeds must not be thought After these ways; so, it will make us mad." MACBETH: "Methought I heard a voice cry 'Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep', the innocent sleep, Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleeve of care, The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, Chief nourisher in life's feast.." LADY MACBETH:" What do you mean?" ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth looks at his bloody hands and says, "This is a sorry sight." Lady Macbeth scoffs and says "a foolish thought." Macbeth briefly explains how he tried to utter the word Amen, as if in prayer, but the word stuck in his throat. His wife retorts, "Consider it not so deeply" and "These deeds must not be thought; it will make us mad." Then Macbeth explains how he heard a voice crying, "Sleep no more, Macbeth does murder sleep." His conscience is already at work speaking to him and accurately predicting his fate. He will live in the darkness for which he once begged, and he will live in his own hell, separated from God. As Macbeth entertains these thoughts, his wife bemoans his fear saying, "You do unbend your noble strength to think so brainsickly of things." This brief, fast-paced conversation between husband and wife is like a chaotic dance (and a flashback to the evil witches) that heightens the dramatic impact of the scene. Then Lady Macbeth takes charge, much like a mother to a frightened child, and tells her husband to wash the blood off his hands and take the daggers back to the room ...read more.

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