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Macbeth Feminism

Ankira, Emilie, Alesia

Ankira Patel

on 20 March 2013

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Feminism Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth Macbeth Gender Ambiguity Connection to Macbeth Witches "She is reading to sacrifice her womanliness to her murderous intention" (Freud).
"Unsex me here...come to my woman's breasts and take my milk for gall" (I, v).
"I have given suck, and know how tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me. I would while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I sworn as you have done to this" (I, vii).
She wants to be part of the masculine world because that is where the power is.

She is manipulative and cruel to Macbeth.
"Look like th' innocent flower. But be the serpent under t'" (I, vi).
"A little water clears us of this deed. How easy is it, then!" (II, ii).
"Lady Macbeth's dominaiton of her husband implies an inversion of gender stereotypes" (Zimmermann).
"Lady Macbeth molds her husband into a murderer" (Zimmermann). Macbeth receives titles only because of "his role as butcher and killing machine" (Cakebread).
"For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name), disdaining Fortune, with his bradnished steel which smoked with bloody execution" (I, ii).
"Duncan rewards Macbeth for his violence with Thane of Cawdor and he also praises the Bloody Captain for his words and his wounds" (Alfar).
The only way to get ahead in this society is to kill so Lady Macbeth wants to kill to get the power that comes with controlling somebody elses future.
Citations Dr. Cakebread, Caroline. Macbeth and Feminism . Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham , Print.
Nesvet, R. Cristina León Alfar. Fantasies of Female Evil: The Dynamics of Gender and Power in Shakespearean Tragedy. London: Associated University Presses, 2003. 254pp. ISBN 0 87413 781 0.
Shakespeare, William. Macbeth: FOLGER Shakespeare Library.. New York: Washington Square Press, 1992. Print.
Zimmermann, H. (2006), Macbeth and Hercules. Renaissance Studies, 20: 356–378. doi: 10.1111/j.1477-4658.2006.00160.x
Merriam-Webster's Definition of Feminism Emilie McLaughlin, Alesia Passaro, Ankira Patel the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes Anti feminist text:
Macbeth is "a victim of overpowering feminine influences that characterize the world around him" (Cakebread).
The play is fueled by Lady Macbeth and the witches, who are portrayed as cruel, evil, and masculine characters. "You should be women, and yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so" (I, iii).
Physically described as men
Contrasting to stereotypical witches "Sleep shall neither night nor day...though his bark cannot be lost yet it shall be tempest tossed" (I, iii).
Harsh punishments by the witches over minute details, such as chestnuts, display their cruelty The confusion displayed in their rhymes reflects the gender contradiction throughout the play. "Fair is foul, foul is fair" (I, i).
"Lesser than Macbeth and greater" (I, iii).
"Not so happy, yet much happier" (I, iii).
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