Uploaded by 2jag2 on Feb 22, Shakespeare The Greatest? Shakespeare, Williaman English playwright and poet, was and is recognized as the worlds greatest of all dramatists. Scholars have written thousands of books and articles about his shrewd plots, intriguing characters, astounding themes, and defining language.
Student Answers bettykirkers Student There is an argument that Macbeth's fate is not predestined and that transgressive female characters such as Lady Macbeth push him further into 'blood'. Declaring "we will proceed no further in this business", Macbeth evidently undergoes a mental process by which he comes round to the idea of murdering Duncan.
He does this as a result of his wife's manipulation, her leverage being his manliness. She mocks him, forcing him to act to prove her wrong: When you durst do it, then you are a man She is unsympathetic "you do unbend your noble strength to think so brainsickly of things" and even critical of her husband, despite the fact she was unable to carry out the murder of Duncan herself.
My hands are of your colour; but I shame to wear a heart so white Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's hands are of the same colour, that is, red from the blood of Duncan.
Yet Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth into acting innocent, she accuses him of being weak and her words suggest that they will be found out if he cannot pull himself together and collect himself.
This is consolidated by her demand that he "look like th' innocent flower, but be the serpent under't". In such a manner, Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth into keeping their heinous deed a secret.
She wants to be queen, even if she has to coerce her husband into murdering the king to become this. When you durst do it, then you were a man; 55 And, to be more than what you were, you would Be so much more the man. Nor time nor place Did then adhere, and yet you would make both: They have made themselves, and that their fitness now Does unmake you.
I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done to this.Perhaps no other Shakespearean character better represents the threat of maternal agency than does Lady Macbeth, one whose studied cruelty nurtures social and political chaos.
As Janet Adelman has noted, "in Macbeth, maternal power is given its most virulent sway " (, ). One of the reasons Shakespeare’s plays remain so popular and are, in many ways, timeless is because the Bard of Avon was a master of creating fascinating, rounded characters. Among his most intriguing and enduring creations are his villains.
LADY MACBETH Macbeth’s wife is probably Shakespeare’s most iconic female character. She is a strong ambitious woman and very much in love with her husband. Like Macbeth, her character develops greatly throughout the script.
Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have equality, unlike most couples in the Elizabethan Era. •Lady Macbeth’s character and the belief of women during the Elizabethan times contrast.
Lady Macbeth had evil intentions for Macbeth to become king by murdering Duncan. That essay, by Sarah Siddons, entitled “Remarks on the Character of Lady Macbeth”, is a fascinating detailed analysis of the play and Lady M.
I have a copy of it in the indispensable book Actors on Acting: The Theories, Techniques, and Practices of the World’s Great Actors, Told in Thir Own Words. Transcript of Women and Children in the Elizabethan Era. Women's role in society Shakespearean Times - Lady Macbeth- one of Shakespeare's most horrid villains.
She has far greater strength of will than her husband. Her aggressiveness is a rare trait for a female character in Elizabethan literature.
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