Sexism in Macbeth

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Response to; is Macbeth a sexist play? Are women treated differently to men?
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Sexism in Macbeth
Karly O’Hara

Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth” was written in 1606. Throughout the play there are many examples that “Macbeth” is a piece of sexist writing by Shakespeare. Women may not be treated differently to men, but all women in the play are represented as evil. Shakespeare portrays the women of “Macbeth” in a way to make the audience believe they are not equal to men, and that they are all bad. The witches and Lady Macbeth are re-occurring characters in the play that represent sexism used by Shakespeare. Psychoanalytically analysing Shakespeare’s writing in “Macbeth” leads us to his thoughts, which make us believe Shakespeare was sexist.

The witches, who throughout “Macbeth” make prophecies to “help” Macbeth himself, are particular female roles represented as evil. The witches and Hecate (a female goddess) are the only supernatural characters in the play. Within the Context of this time witches, and witchcraft were objects of morbid and fevered fascinations, and many suspected of being witches were cruelly persecuted. Did women only practice witchcraft? The witches are shown as figures that seem to trigger Macbeths murderous ambition, as their prophesy leads Macbeth to first consider killing Duncan, to gain power. But the witches never actually say anything about murder; all they do is tell Macbeth he s going to be King. Macbeth himself as man, questions how, and makes the evil plot, leaving the witches looking as if they are the evil figure. Is there a reason that witchcraft is only represented as evil women? Sexism is displayed through the witches in “Macbeth”. Are women really the only people capable of supernatural beliefs?

Lady Macbeth is also

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