“Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts.” She tells him to hurry home so that she can poison his mind. “Hurry home, so I can poison your mind”. At this point the audience is introduced to both Macbeth’s and Lady Macbeth’s ambition and determination and also shows the audience that Lady Macbeth is evil and manipulative. They understand each other very well even though none of them mention murder. Lady Macbeth offers her husband advice and instructs him on one or two things about hypocrisy while she herself manages the events of
Lady Macbeth reverses all roles with her husband as stereotypically, the man would be wearing the pants in the relationship. But not in this one. She questions her husband's manhood in order to try and persuade and manipulate him to do what she wants him to do – carry out the murder of King Duncan. “When you durst do it, then you were a man, and, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man” (Act 1, Sc VII). Her words weave an effective persuasion and her husband agrees to do the deed.
At the moment a lot of people seem to be fond of Macbeth and look up to him. The social hierarchy is very important in the play, with Duncan as king, Macbeth as thane and then lady Macbeth at the bottom. This would be the normal and natural order of the hierarchy and no one dares to commit regicide – killing of the king. Except for Lady Macbeth, who is against the hierarchy and wants Macbeth to kill Duncan so he can become king; however committing regicide comes with a lot of consequences... In Macbeth’s soliloquy, (Act 1 Scene7) which is when he would be at the front of the stage by himself and expressing his feelings to us, the audience, he lets us know how he is feeling towards what Lady Macbeth has asked of him.
However, Lady Macbeth is much stronger, and more decisive, ruthless as well as aggressive, especially when she is facing death. In behaviors, Macbeth acts so weak that he is subordinated to Lady Macbeth, which is totally conflicted to the social gender convention. Macbeth is so indecisive in decision-making that he vacillates between murdering the King Duncan or not, and eventually he still cannot make his own mind. Instead, Lady Macbeth is aggressive as well as consistent, and she helps her husband make decisions, and also comes up with a plot instantly. She only concentrates on personal benefits so that everything else can be sacrificed.
Another example of betrayal in the movie Mean Girls would be when Cady gets all of Regina’s good friends to turn against her. Another good example would be when Janis Ian gets mad at Cady because Cady starts to get sucked into the popularity, this also shows betrayal. These all are examples of betrayal that portray the theme “you have to be careful who you trust”. In the play Julius Caesar the character Cassius is plotting against the main character Julius Caesar. Caesar thinks Cassius is a good man and that he will not cause any trouble.
Language is used by Shakespeare in a number of ways throughout the play to present the changing character of Lady Macbeth. Instantly Lady Macbeth is introduced through her language and actions to the audience as a powerful key figure. Firstly, charming and devoted to her husband later driven only by ambitious which is her downfall. My essay will focus on these devices of language: metaphors, imaginary, symbolism to answers the question set. Shakespeare use of language shows that her devotion towards her husband is short lived as she soon comes across as being annoyed that her husband Macbeth isn't quite "man enough" to do what it takes to be king.
13-18) Lady Macbeth voices her concern over Macbeth’s nature, stating that he is “too full o’ the milk of human kindness” to commit the murder that Lady Macbeth desires. Lady Macbeth is not troubled by murder. Given her immoral mindset, no despicable act is beyond her. She simply has to work harder to overcome Macbeth’s reluctance. Accordingly, Lady Macbeth shows that she is willing to perform any evil act in order to ascend to the throne.
Stella is dependant on men to the point that she chooses to disbelieve her sister was raped by her husband, just so she can go living with him because life without the support of a man is unthinkable. This way she is seen is adapting to society wanting her to be seen as subservient and dependant on men. I Am Woman, A women empowering song made by Helen reddy highlights how women are chameleons and how they are standing up against expectations. Shirley Valentine, directed by Lewis Gilberg Reddy’s anthem directly and forcefully addresses issues of feminism, women’s rights, and gender equality. It is not particularly specific other than asserting that woman will no longer accept submissiveness—“…I’ve been down there on the floor/No one’s ever gonna keep me down again”, “I am strong/I am invincible/I am woman”, “I am woman, watch me grow/See me standing toe to toe”, et cetera.
Therefore, I would argue that in Macbeth, William Shakespeare’s denouncement of marriage suggests women hinder the true, righteous nature of men; consequently, showing the inferior nature of women. Free from the touch of women both Macbeth and Macduff are worthy warriors (the ideal man). Macbeth at war, unhindered by Lady Macbeth, is “brave Macbeth” (1.2.16) reflecting his manliest form possible. However, Macbeth’s manliness comes into question the first time from Lady Macbeth as she “fear[s] [the] nature” (1.5. 15) of Macbeth in regard to his ambition to become king.
Shakespeare subverts gender roles like this throughout the play, such as when Lady Macbeth decides her husband is unable to commit the atrocities to sit on the throne and taunts him, insinuating things about his manhood and claiming he has "th' milk of human kindness" (Act 1, 5.15) implying that he isn't strong enough to kill King Duncan. There is also a moment during a soliloquy where she wishes she could unsex herself so she could do the job without an inkling of guilt. (Act 1.5.38-41). This goading, as Lady Macbeth is aware, became a powerful tool in emasculinating her husband and forcing his hand to prove that he is in fact up to the task. This is the first time we see where the power lies, and this dynamic proves that it resides with Lady Macbeth; she's the one that's controlling things, despite the times.