The influence of gender on one's nature is often a controversial topic among scholars. For example, men are stereotyped as being brutal, vicious and conniving. As a result, they are often considered more likely to commit acts of violence. However, in the beginning of the play "Macbeth", an influential protagonist Lady Macbeth is seen to posses such qualities. While Lady Macbeth presents herself to others as an ordinary lady, who is the wife of the Thane of Candor; single-handedly she persuades her husband Macbeth, to act upon her ideas.
Enduring such qualities, Lady Macbeth is portrayed through reflective analysis of her sexuality, decisiveness, and her role in dramatic irony. Therefore, it is definite that Lady Macbeth has intentions and motives to sway her husband's decision towards regicide. The opening lines mentioned by Lady Macbeth have stated a direct opinion on her femininity. She mentions that a lady needs to contain a male's characteristics in order to have power and the physical ability to plan out the murder of King Duncan.
Lady Macbeth's view on sexuality can be illustrated in the following phrases, "Come, you spirits / That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, / And fill me, from the crown to the toe, / Top-full of direst cruelty!" (1. 5, ll. 41-44) Calling the spirits increases Lady Macbeth's approach to the murder of King Duncan. In addition, Lady Macbeth proves that by having a sweet and a kind personality of a lady does not provide her with the physical and the mental qualities that man in her perspective seem to have. Out of the phrases mentioned; "unsex me here" declares Lady Macbeth's opinion on the importance of being a male.
Furthermore, she continues by asking the spirits to fill her with a lot of cruelty. This informs Lady Macbeth that the only way to rise to the top of the Scottish monarch is by portraying a male's persona. Later in Act I of the play, Lady Macbeth brings upon the stereotype of man being physically powerful because they commit acts of violence. This is described in the exceeding opinion which Lady Macbeth presents to her husband, "When you durst do it, then you were a man; / And to be more than what you were, you would /Be so much more the man." (1. 7, ll. 49-51) This was one of the ways that Lady Macbeth used her beliefs on sexuality to persuade her husband to after the regicide.
The poet of this play, William Shakespeare, highlights on Lady Macbeth's impulsiveness which assists her to form the sequenced events that lead to the climax. Within Act I, there was never an occasion where Lady Macbeth has questioned herself on the terrible possibilities that might backfire as a result of killing King Duncan. This further emphasizes that nothing else seems to matter to Lady Macbeth other than succeeding in killing the King and anon being in charge of the Scottish Monarch. Subsequently, Lady Macbeth clearly announces a direct statement that puts across her true approach to the killing of King Duncan, "Come to my woman's breasts, And take my milk for gall, you mud " ring ministers, Wherever in your sightless substances You wait on nature's mischief! Come, thick night, And pall thee in the dunes 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 It is obvious that Lady Macbeth is illustrated by William Shakespeare as a vicious psychopath, who does not have any concerns for others. For example, "Come to my woman's breasts / And take my milk for gall," (1. 5, ll.
48-49) enhances on Lady Macbeth's new vigorous capabilities that communicate her ascendancy of gaining a male's persona which gives her the ability to possess wickedness and cause trouble. In addition, Lady Macbeth calls attention to the "thick night" and "the dunes smoke of hell" to state the night of the regicide and Lady Macbeth's desires of how the night should take place. In further detail, Lady expresses her determination of her husband succeeding in the plan of murdering King Duncan. Additionally, "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, ll. 53-54) clarifies that the spirits she calls upon are going help her husband draw the deed to a close without any assistance for the King or his guards. Nevertheless, Lady Macbeth is her own creature, which has confirmed her determination through explaining her possession of strength and readiness to cease to the murder of King Duncan. 1 Shakespeare, William.
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48-51) With such decisive qualities, Lady Macbeth is a woman that can definitely outdistance her husband Macbeth, to assassinate others. Dramatic irony plays a prominent role in this Shakespearian play. Through implicit themes and circumstances where Lady Macbeth expresses her motives, her authentic self is displayed. Unlike Macbeth, her lines are enhanced upon cold-blooded schemes, proposed on her own. Besides, Lady Macbeth's temperament can be extended from the following lines in the play "Macbeth", "That which hath made them drunk / hath made me bold; / What hath quenched them hath given me fire. Hark! Peace!" (2.
2, ll. 1-2) While Macbeth is killing King Duncan and his acquaintances, Lady Macbeth is nevertheless, a continuous fighter against her own self. For example, a wife resembling Lady Macbeth would most likely to be concerned about the physical condition of her husband, when he is murdering more than one person on his own. In contrast, Lady Macbeth cares only about her attained dominance, which leads her to having the crown of Scotland. In further analysis, William Shakespeare endlessly states Lady Macbeth's opinion and state of mind in the play, to identify the type of personality she encloses. Dissimilar from his wife, Macbeth at the moment of the play seems to be loosing his mind, imagining daggers and someone calling for his name.
His ambition to kill Duncan is further declined, as his fears take over his psychological mentality. Still centered on his imagination, Macbeth rejects taking the dagger back to where the murder took place when Lady Macbeth says to; and replies back with, "I'll go no more. / I am afraid to think / What I have done; / Look on't again I dare not." (2. 2, 49-50) Macbeth has not yet proven to be interested in having the highest position within the Monarch.
He is in further denial of whether he should have not killed the King of Scotland. Above and beyond, Shakespeare continues to identify Lady Macbeth's actions through powerful literature and at the same time creates irony to present that Lady Macbeth can sway Macbeth's way. Through history, statistics have proved that in nature males are born with stronger structures and do commit more criminal acts. They are well-known for being the leaders of the country and the ones to own larger businesses. However, it has never occurred that perhaps women have such abilities as the men. Shakespeare has proven that the character of Lady Macbeth in his play "Macbeth," is a female that portrays comparable distinctiveness as any male figure who practices violence.
Lady Macbeth identifies that females can have the objective and the purpose as any male to persuade another mortal. In conclusion, it is not because of the type of gender they are, but because they themselves have chosen to perform such acts.