Macbeth - Masculinity and Manhood

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Macbeth: Gender Role of Manhood Shakespeare's Macbeth, is a story of not only how the absence of emotions deteriorates one’s manhood, but specifically, how the reliance on gender roles negatively impacts humanity. The stoic behaviors which are attached to the image of masculinity is not exactly as beneficial as it is dignified by many. Masculinity as a vital source of manhood also entitles mankind to deny humanistic values that were intended to lead in the first place. In Macbeth, the gender role of masculinity leads to unrewarding obsession with power throughout the play. True masculinity is a conceptual fallacy. Macbeth’s hamartia is his indulgence in the concept of masculinity. Lady Macbeth, the main female protagonist demasculinizes Macbeth throughout the play for his lack of assertiveness. Manipulatively, she states to Macbeth, “What beast was’t then, /That made you break this enterprise to me? / When you durst do it, then you were a man” (1.7.47-49).. She defines manhood as stark aggression to achieve power in any means necessary such as killing Duncan. Macbeth, had compassion for Duncan but due to fear of being demasculinized if he did not act on his ambition results in his submission into temptation. As said from a female, it makes the reverse psychology from Lady Macbeth even more potent due to the preservation of gender roles. As one progresses through the story, Macbeth becomes more emotionally numb and tyrannical, for he then kills Banquo for fear of his intelligence on the murder of King Duncan. Then he kills Macduff’s family out of anger. In result of this is on his constant cruelty Macduff states, “Bleed, bleed, poor country! Great tyranny, lay thou thy basis sure, For goodness dare not check thee. Wear thou thy wrongs; The title is affeered.” Macbeth emotional tyranny constantly overlaps itself. The masculinity of being cruel and ambitious only
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