Strength and Weakness in the Minds of Shakespeare’s Women When it comes to the women in Shakespeare’s plays, strength and weakness can be determined in terms of their minds. Lady Macbeth is strong in the way she manipulates those around her and will go to no end to get what she wants. Her intentions are clear from the start and she emasculates and belittles her husband to gain control over him. Ophelia from Hamlet is a weaker woman in Shakespeare in that she lets other people, particularly men, make decisions for her. Though she shows small signs of rebellion, Ophelia denies her love for Hamlet on the orders of her father.
Andrea Cardenas Mr. Kruszynski ENG 3U1 14 May 2012 The Consequence of Weakness Throughout history, there have been many accomplished women who have done great things such as Rosalind Franklin, who discovered the structure of DNA and Gertrude B. Ellen, who discovered anti-cancer drugs. However, in William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet, women are portrayed as the complete opposite of accomplished and great. As seen throughout the play, one of the main themes in Hamlet is misogyny. The main character Hamlet is portrayed as a misogynist due to his negative view on women. It can also be seen that Hamlet’s opinion of woman is due to the influence of the women he knows.
She then goes on to say ‘chastise with the valour of my tongue.’ This show that Lady Macbeth will use her bold words to get Macbeth to agree with her. ‘Chastise’ connotes that Lady Macbeth will shape Macbeth in to what she wants and make him obey her commands of killing Duncan. This gives insight in to the value Macbeth has for his wife’s opinions and the control she has on him. Later on in the play when Macbeth no longer wants to commit the murders, Lady Macbeth is outraged and mocks him, her leverage being his manliness. She questions his manhood and calls him a coward: ‘When you durst do it,” she says, ‘then you were a man.’ Lady Macbeth ridicules him, stating once he kills Duncan, he is then redeemed a man.
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.
When she says "Come you spirits that tend on murderous thoughts, unsex me," and "make thick my blood, stop th'access and passage to remorse," she is already calling on evil spirits to take away her feminine nature, and to stop her feeling any pity, remorse or compassion; Lady Macbeth is determined to assist Macbeth in murdering Duncan. From this early point, it is already evident that she is contemplating, and intends to take part in a murder so that her husband could have the status he had always wanted, but had been too weak to obtain. When Macbeth enters, Lady Macbeth replies: "O never shall sun that morrow see." When Macbeth informs her Duncan will be leaving the following day. Here, she blatantly reveals that she intends to murder Duncan, saying he won't live to see another day.
Persuasive Essay- Lady Macbeth April Henderson 1st hour 11b English In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth is to blame for her very influential, power-seeking and insensitive actions to persuade Macbeth. Ambition and greed are two similar but different words; by crossing that fine line, Lady Macbeth shows her greediness in this play. Throughout the play Macbeth was told a prophecy but only with a little push from his wife did he make it happen. Macbeth was manipulated into achieving the powerful state as king but it tragically leads him to his downfall. Lady Macbeth, among other things, is a insane, controlling, manipulative person and tends to get whatever she wants and does whatever it takes to get it.
1. DESCRIPTION OF LADY MACBETH Lady Macbeth is presented to the reader from her first appearance in the play as a woman fired by ambition. What Macbeth lacks in decisiveness, Lady Macbeth makes up for his lack of bloodthirsty lust for power and wealth. Swearing off her femininity at the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband powerfully to follow through with his plans to kill Duncan. After the act of regicide, it is Lady Macbeth who has the soundness of mind to plant the incriminating evidence on Duncan's guards.
Shakespeare uses a contradiction of idea to really show weather Macbeth really loves her. ‘From this time such I account thy love’ The reader may feel that there love may fall apart or that she is thinking about what he has done and the affects. He is using a contradiction this is stating several ideas – which she thinks she has given more of her love and affection to this than he has, which in this instance is unusual as he is going to be king not her. Secondly, this shows how that lady Macbeth is desperate for the power which will come from this. Shakespeare shows how brutal
Throughout the story of Macbeth we are constantly aware that Lady Macbeth was the influence for all of Macbeth’s wrong doings. The audience at the time of Shakespeare would have been shocked at her strong, dominant behaviour when women at the time were regarded as subordinate. Macbeth usually has the final say in the killings but Lady Macbeth was always the villainous tyrant next to him, mocking him when he distresses at the plan which she has laid out for him. Repeatedly telling him, he would be less of a man if he did not do so. (Act 1; Scene 7; Lines 55-57) 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.
During the time period in which Shakespeare wrote Macbeth, women were uneducated, they were forced to act submissively and never express their opinions. Shakespeare, by using several female characters, particularly the Three Witches with powerful roles, made a complete turnaround from the norm as he went against expectations for the time period. One of the first examples of this is in Act 1 Scene 3 when one of the witches reveals that she has been ‘killing swine’ this contradicts the way women should have behaved during the 1600s as they were perceived to be kind, caring creatures. This is one of the commonest charges brought against supposed witches in Shakespeare's day was that they maliciously killed by pestilence, or the evil eye, the domestic animals of those they had a grudge against. The fact that this is some of the first activity from the witches gives us an insight into the masculinity that the witches hold.