Macbeth Feature Articule

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Shakespeare defeats Stereotypes By Yooree Woo Ambition. Violence. Betrayal. Crimes. Are these qualities that only men have in our society? Women don’t always hold the image of being innocent and vulnerable. They too, have their own ambitions and can become determined to manipulate others into their own will. And if ever you are doubtful of this fact, then let Susan Atkins from the Manson family be reminder of what women can be capable of. Although she is a ‘woman’, she is considered one of the many infamous murderers and remember her insatiable appetite for power, even at the cost of human life. Not only does modern society show women who behave against these stereotypes, but so do women of all ages. Take for example Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’, and the powerplay between the characters of the Three Witches and Macbeth. The Three Witches are more strong and provoking in character as they tend to dominate power over Macbeth. The Three Witches recklessly deal with their supernatural charms, spells and prophecies which make them seem ridiculous. But they do succeed in confusing and toying with Macbeth. They mislead Macbeth and make him doubt his bravery of courage and loyalty for King Duncan. We can see the witches succeed in provoking dark thoughts and evil temptations on Macbeth as Macbeth later expresses in his soliloquy, ‘Let not light see my black and deep desires.’ Although he is ashamed of the thoughts of killing King Duncan, he can’t stop his flaming ambition for the seat on the throne. Shakespeare doesn’t just use the three witches to expose female dominance over men, but also uses Lady Macbeth, the ambitious wife of Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is determined to pursue her goals in placing Macbeth on the throne. She shows this by her aggressive manipulation of tempting and encouraging Macbeth to commit many

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