Macbeth Criticism Essay

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Thompson, Mary I., and Francesco A. Ancona. "He Says/She Says: Shakespeare's Macbeth (a Gender/Personality Study)." Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 27.3-4 (2005): 59-69. Shakespeare For Students: Critical Interpretations of Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry. Web. 5 Dec. 2014.

In the article of criticism “Macbeth,” Mary Ives Thompson and Francesco Aristide Ancona analyze how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change dramatically from the beginning of the play to the end. Both the critics believe that such change happens due to the fact that both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have motive to break out of their strict roles given to them by society. They write that Macbeth emerges as a man who is “completely confident in his grab for power.” Lady Macbeth, the one who told Macbeth to simply wash the blood off of his hands, ends up roaming around in her sleep through “the castle corridors at night bemoaning her unclean hands following the murder of Duncan and his guards.” At first, Macbeth was a kind man, but he became “completely remorseless in his bid for the crown.” And Lady Macbeth was fixed upon power and prayed that spirits would help her by getting rid of her feminine aspects. At the end of the tragedy, she became “a guilt-ridden somnambulist.” The authors believe the source of their “role reversal revolves around the question of gender.” Lady Macbeth is the antecedent of her own role reversal. It is “her own desire for some sort of power and the attempted overthrow or altering of the patriarchal order of her society.” that orders a yielding role. Lady Macbeth was entirely inapt for this role. The only character to recognize that Macbeth has a feminine side is Macduff. This is right before Macbeth and Macduff battle. Lady Macbeth is “determined” “to help fulfill the weird sisters’ prophecy.” Macbeth’s consciousness causes him to act on making sure the prepuces

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