Motif Of Manhood In Macbeth

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Thesis: Shakespeare uses the motif of manhood upheld by Macbeth to define it as someone who is superior and selfless. CEA paragraph 1 Topic 1: Macbeth illustrates the true definition of manhood when he is chosen by the king to become the Thane of Cawdor, thus defining him as trustworthy and honorable. Context: While in search for the new thane of Cawdor, Malcom was discussing with the king about a man who seemed to be fit for the position. This man had just come out with good results in the battle of Norway and was claimed to be a brave and hardy soldier, this man happened to be Macbeth. Evidence. “O valiant cousin, worthy gentlemen! (1.3.73)”. Analysis: The way Duncan spoke of Macbeth illustrated how highly people thought of him, thus making him someone who was seen as both trustworthy and honorable. He was seen as someone who was bold and fearless making others believe…show more content…
Evidence: “He was a gentleman on whom I trust / an absolute trust. O worthiest cousin, / (1.4.13)” Analysis: Duncan holds Macbeth on high regards, having faith that he will make a great Thane of Cawdor. He has trust in Macbeth, seeing him as someone who is righteous and noble, thereby believing that with this persona he is able to make a great ruler. Topic Sentence 2: Macbeth highlights the definition of true manhood when he committed numerous murderous acts, therefore displaying both his vicious and cruel ways. CEA paragraph 2 Context: Lady Macbeth began pursuing Macbeth to kill King Duncan in order to take on the throne after hearing the witches’ prophecies that were said earlier on. She begins manipulating him into believing that if he did not commit this murder he would no longer be considered a

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