Misogynies in Shakespear

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Shakespeare’s Misogynies Analytical Essay The Role of Women in Macbeth In Shakespeare’s time period, societies view on women was rather different than how it is viewed today. In many plays written by William Shakespeare, it is believed that the theme of misogyny is portrayed and that he himself had a severe hatred for women. In Macbeth, the three main female characters are made out to be evil and ambitious women. Their personality, physique and inner thoughts are illustrated to be less feminine and rather cruel. This gives proof that perhaps Shakespeare was a misogynist and viewed males as the true alpha gender. Shakespeare’s misogyny is portrayed in Macbeth through The Witches as having a very masculine physique, through Lady Macduff with her small role which ends in a quick, violent death and Lady Macbeth who seems to wish she could be unsexed throughout the play. The three witches are crucial to the play as they begin the prophecies which ultimately create evil ambition within Macbeth. The weird sisters each take turns stating, “All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis./ All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor./ All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter. “(1.3.47-49) These three lines are extremely crucial to the play because it gives Macbeth his beginning thoughts toward receiving the throne. Shakespeare made the witches deceive Macbeth and Banquo who begin to believe they are invincible and have much to look forward to. This proves misogyny in Shakespeare because it ultimately put the witches to blame for all the horrible events in the play. Shakespeare also portrays his misogyny through Macbeth as he belittles the witches by saying, “How now, you secret, black and midnight hags.” (4.1.47) In Shakespeare’s era, chivalry and respect toward women was big. By having a character in his play say this to three so called women, seems

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