Compare the ways Macbeth and Mr Rochester are presented as strong but flawed characters
Jayne Eyre and Macbeth both have characters which are presented strong but flawed. Throughout this essay, I will be exploring and comparing the ways the main characters in Macbeth and Jane Eyre are presented as flawed characters.
Macbeth is a tragic play written by William Shakespeare in the Elizabethan era, set in the 11th Century, in a patriarchal society, whereas Jayne Eyre is a novel written by Charlotte Bronte in 1847 during the Victorian era. In the Elizabethan era, women had particular roles as well as behaving in a certain way and had specific responsibilities. Women were ideally supposed to marry a male and take care of the household, as well as taking care of the children. Elizabethan women were raised to know that they were inferior to men; this is shown by the dominance of the males in literature and this era. They were expected to instantly obey their fathers, as well as their brothers. This is what was expected of Elizabethan women, yet Lady Macbeth is portrayed differently to ‘Macbeth’.
Macbeth is supposed to be the dominant character, yet Lady Macbeth is portrayed as the dominant, and the more controlling character of them both. This is shown in Act one Scene 6:’ leave all the rest to me’. Lady Macbeth is the more dominant character at the moment in the play as she is telling Macbeth to leave all of his worries to her. From this, it is also explained how their relationship isn’t a typical married relationship in the Elizabethan era. As influenced by the witches, Macbeth allows them to manipulate him with their power. This is continually shown throughout the play as Macbeth is adamant to kill King Duncan by the witches telling him he will be King. The witches may have only said this to gain high hopes from Macbeth, yet Macbeth takes this as confirmation and therefore he plots to kill the king to become king himself:‘...hail to thee, Thane of Glamis...hail...