Differences Between Macbeth And A Doll's House

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There are a few differences in the dynamics of power between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, as well as Torvald and Nora Helmer, though despite the eras the plays were written in the power seems to predominantly lie in what was then perceived to be the weaker gender; women. With a strong emphasis on social conventions A Doll's House is interesting to analyse in regards to power, with several undertones regarding position, guilt, gender, finance, and power itself. These themes and symbols are not too dissimilar from that of Macbeth, which has similar themes of guilt, masculinity, gender roles, and ambition: however, while A Doll's House themes support a more modern premise - white collar crime, family, divorce - Macbeth's themes revolve around tyrannical…show more content…
There are many similarities to be drawn between the relationships of the protagonists and their spouses, but there also many differences. The traditional roles are reversed and ignored in the start of the play; opposed to Ibsen's A Doll's House (which is the reverse). It's hard to draw comparisons between Torvald and Macbeth, as they are very different characters. Though they are both ambitious, their roles and personalities differ greatly; where Torvald controls in his relationship, Macbeth submits. Shakespeare subverts gender roles like this throughout the play, such as when Lady Macbeth decides her husband is unable to commit the atrocities to sit on the throne and taunts him, insinuating things about his manhood and claiming he has "th' milk of human kindness" (Act 1, 5.15) implying that he isn't strong enough to kill King Duncan. There is also a moment during a soliloquy where she wishes she could unsex herself so she could do the job without an inkling of guilt. (Act 1.5.38-41). This goading, as Lady Macbeth is aware, became a powerful tool in emasculinating her husband and forcing his hand to prove that he is in fact up to the task. This is the first time we see where the power lies, and this dynamic proves that it resides with Lady Macbeth; she's the one that's controlling things, despite the times. One prime example of Lady Macbeth's manipulations is seen where she mocks Macbeth as he resolves not to commit regicide, claiming that he'll only be a man when the crime is committed. (Act 1.7.49). The play sets it out so that Lady Macbeth is the perceived symbol of

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