Stereotypes In Macbeth

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A common misconception made in society is that our actions and sexuality are reflected by our biological sex, however, this is not to be confused with gender. In William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, the roles of gender do not follow the typical social structure. Shakespeare demonstrates this theme through many characters which include Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and Macduff where they break the social stereotypes that men should be dominant over woman, women are of innocence, and men should not show weakness. In most cultures, it is a socially pursued idea that men should have the most power in the household especially in the 11th-century era. Males are constantly judged by their masculinity, often compared to how they compare to other men. If…show more content…
O, these flaws and starts, / Impostors to true fear, would well become/ A woman’s story at a winter’s fire,/ Authorized by her grandam. Shame itself!/ Why do you make such faces? When all’s done,/ You look but on a stool” (3.4 70-81). As a wife in the 11th century, it is their duty to honor the husband. Lady Macbeth has done the opposite of honoring the husband; she emasculates him. She has revealed to Macbeth that he has been scared of an element which sounds like a story a woman would tell her grandmother. It is revealed that Macbeth has a lack of courage towards difficult situations and must be saved by his wife to make decisions for him. Lady Macbeth proves that she is the “man” in the relationship and has the audacity to speak up to her…show more content…
Make thick my blood./Stop up th‘ access and passage to remorse,/That no compunctious visitings of nature/Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between/Th’ effect and it. Come to my woman’s breasts/And take my milk for gall, you murd'ring ministers,/Wherever in your sightless substances/You wait on nature’s mischief. Come, thick night,/And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,/That my keen knife see not the wound it makes,/Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark/To cry “Hold, hold!” (1.5

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