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Feminist Lens MACBETH
Transcript of Feminist Lens MACBETH
A social/political theory that has to do with bringing about equality between the genders in the perspective of society and government policy.
Aysha Hudeib, Haya Soudi, Ayesha Jihad, Maliha Khan
Through a Feminist Lens
"That of overcoming the scruples of her ambitious and yet tender-minded husband...She is ready to sacrifice even her womanliness to her murderous intention…” Freud
Materialist Feminism Theory: Despite her earlier show of strength, Lady Macbeth’s eventual weakness is a result of a patriarchal portrayal of her gender.
“Women must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself.” - Susan B. Anthony
Feminist literary criticism is literary criticism informed by feminist theory, or by the politics of feminism more broadly.
...A Literary criticism?
Examining Shakespeare's Literary Choices:
, And yet your
forbid me to interpret /That you are so. (1.3.1)”
“Infirm of purpose
The sleeping and the
/ Are but as pictures; ‘tis the
eye of childhood
If he do bleed,/ I’ll
the faces of the grooms withal,/ For it must seem their guilt.” (2. 2. 52-57)
l ck, I m fr id they h ve w ked,/And ’tis not done. Th' attempt and not the deed/Confounds us. /Hark! I laid their daggers ready;/He could not miss not resembled/
as he slept, I had done ’t. (2.2.13-17)
Macbeth:" Will all great /
wash this blood/Clean from my
? No, this my /hand will rather/the multitudinous seas
,/Making the green one red.
Lady Macbeth: My
are of your color, but I shame/
To ear a heart
so hite. I hear a knocking/At the south
we to our chamber./ A little ater clears us of this deed.
How easy is it, then! Your constancy/ Hath left you unattended.
Who was it that thus
? Why, worthy thane,/You do unbend your noble strength to think/ So
of things./ Go get some
ash this filthy
itness from your hand./
hy did you bring these daggers from the place?/They must lie
Go carry them and
/The sleepy grooms with blood. (2.2.44-50)
Perversion of Motherhood, Power,
The Supernatural, Greed, Selfish Ambition
Children, Blood, Dagger, Hands
Shakespeare through a Feminist Lens
Alliteration of "a"
'em. Had he
Alliteration: "w" (she's shaken) by the whole event
Feminine ending: there/smear
Motif of death +daggers
An Act of 4
A Discussion on the Effects of Shakespeare's Writing:
When Discussing Feminism
An overview of:
O gentle lady,
/ ‘Tis not for you to hear what I can speak:/The repetition in a woman’s ear/
Would murder as it fell.”
Sensitivity of Women
Stereotypical Cultural development: - Not Biological
Literary work at Shakespeare's time were ruled by men: they were considered the protagonist of shows.
Tragic "Hero" not Tragic "Heroine"
On stage: men played women.
The portrayal of women in Macbeth is led by the ways they converse with men.
Symbols of suppression and wickedness
Defies stereotypes of women: not passive or submissive/hates children
Macbeth's partner in crime
Voices her power
Exploits motherly traits
Exudes dominance, but is subordinate
The Three Witches:
Outsiders: they do not fit in the natural realm
Have manly features: gender identity
Represents the stereotype
Submissive of her husband's whereabouts
Makes up for the lack of motherly love in Macbeth
Puts her family's well-fare before anything else
Weakness (as a woman)
Verbal irony: wearing a heart - it's disposable to her
Motif - hands
Lady Macbeth has a lack of fear in this Act -Defying stereotypes
Macbeth's strength is challenged by Lady Macbeth
Guilt of murder (Contra. Lady Macbeth's heartlessness
Elements of Tragedy: She controls Macbeth
The expected sensitivity of women to "tragic news" is disregarded
Haya Soudi:Lady Macbeth
Maliha Khan: Macbeth
Aysha Hudeib: Lady Macbeth
Ayesha Jihad: Macbeth
"She is ready to sacrifice even her womanliness to her murderous intention…” Freud
Lady Macbeth’s eventual weakness is a result of a patriarchal portrayal of her gender. - Materialist Feminist Theory
i.e: she judges Macbeth for being cowardly,
when she herself, was unable to kill Duncan
i.e she considers herself powerful by
embodying unladylike desires