Devaluation Of The Feminine Principle In Lady Macbeth

Gender roles play a huge role in Macbeth, and the proper gender principles in women are defined very clearly in the play just as the devaluation of these gender roles are as clearly defined. The natural role of women seem is to be a good supporting wife and care for the children. They're roles are represented in Macbeth through images such as nurturing and breast feeding babies as well as overall compassion. While men's gender role is represented through killing and butchery. "Throughout the play manhood is equated with the ability to kill".
From the very beginning of the play we see how the gender roles were reversed through the witches. The witches are female but display ...

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masculine firmness give her ascendancy over her husband's faltering virtue".3 She was considered great because once she had it in her mind what she wanted her unflinching determination in getting it was superior to all others. "The magnitude of her resolution almost covers the magnitude of her guilt"4
At first Lady Macbeth would seem to hold a resemblance to the witches in her personality. Both pushed Macbeth to become a murderer and both had completely deserted any feminism in their roles, however upon closer examination you'll notice there is a great difference between them. In a sense , Lady Macbeth is more human like. Unlike the witches she is able to feel passion for what she is doing. Lady Macbeth urged Macbeth to kill the King for her own selfish reasons, but for reasons that she'd benefit from. The witches, however, urged Macbeth to his fate just because of their love of mischieve and delight of cruelty. Also, "she is less interested in fate and metaphysical ...

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begins to lose her place in society and her position at home". 8 That is because women are seen as incapable of handling killings and murders which are seen to be manly affairs.
In a sense Lady Macbeth was Macbeths power and achievement. Macbeth could not fulfil his manly duties so Lady Macbeth had to. This is assuming that in this society a "manly duty" was to kill. It is clear that Macbeths real factor for killing the king, for becoming a muderer was his wife. It seems that Macbeth could have very easily been dissuaded from killing Duncan and even hesitated but Lady Macbeth was always right there reminding him that a true man would kill to be king, proving her power of persuasion ...

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Added: 10/30/2005 06:05:24 PM
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