I would say Lady Macbeth is not typical of the women of her era, as most would not encourage their husbands to murder as a means to career advancement. She is more ruthlessly ambitious than most. Most men and women in the Renaissance would be especially reluctant to murder a king, God's anointed ruler. That being said, Lady Macbeth is typical of the women of her era and reflects the time the play was written in several ways. First, she is dependent on her husband for status. She cannot build a career or move up the ladder on her own: she advances in rank and prestige only as her husband does. So she does have every incentive to push his career forward. Related to this, she takes on the typical female role of supporter of her husband, while he is the main actor. She may help to devise a plot to murder Duncan, and provide words of strong and harsh encouragement, but like most women of the era, she expects her husband to do the main deed.
Lady Macbeth has also internalized the stereotyped gender roles of her time and perceives womanhood, which is typically associated with kindness and mercy, as a weakness. She feels she must "unsex" herself and turn the nurturing milk in her breasts (a symbol of a woman's compassion) into "bitter gall" in order to steel herself to push her husband to murder.
Macbeth: A Very Complex Character Essay
1973 Words8 Pages
Macbeth is a very complex character whom reflects man's thirst for power through the drastic changes of his personality; thus being one of the slightest reasons in which make this intriguing character, greatest of all Shakespearean’s well-known works.
At the beginning of the play Macbeth is notable as a brave soldier and is rewarded as being Thane of Glamis. The attributions of Macbeth at the beginning of the play may be wise, thoughtful, patient and noble.
Soon after he achieves the title Thane of Cawdor as predicted by the three witches; whom drive Macbeth’s ambition to murder King Duncan- due to the fulfilment of the witches’ first prophecy, Macbeth is foolish enough to commit to treason and murder King Duncan. The first change of…show more content…
This constitutes the play to be appointed into multiple directions; henceforth proving Macbeth’s vitality in such a tragic storyline.
After obtaining kingship through the murder of King Duncan; we start to perceive Macbeth’s behaviour to completely change; from a man full of moral awareness, to one whom goes against the morals and reality of life. Macbeth’s behaviour has significantly changed or been altered from the beginning of the play right to the end. Initially, Macbeth attained a well-behaved and loyal demeanour, in which is indicative through the manner in which he honours King Duncan; "The service and the loyalty I owe, In doing it, pays itself." (I.iv)
Conversely, as the play begins to progress due to Macbeth’s over ambition for power; we start to view how Macbeth chooses to segregate/isolate himself from his wife; in order to justify on his own behaviour in relation to the witches’ prophecy. This specific moment in time is where Macbeth’s behaviour starts to perilously change; this is established through the manner in which he seeks council from the witches rather than his subjects. Therefore his behaviour and actions have substantially been altered as he now does not approach circumstances in the just way, but rather clandestinely; "She would have died hereafter; There would have been a time for such a word..." (V.v) His isolation from his wife results in Macbeth’s private ambitions to be made clear through his soliloquies.