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The Woman's Role In Macbeth
��������William Shakespeare's, Macbeth, is a play full of betrayal and deception.
It is a story about Macbeth's desires to achieve greatness and become king.
Despite his involvement in actually committing the treasonous acts, he cannot be
held accountable.� However, if it were not for the deeds of a woman at one time
or another, Macbeth never would have involved himself with acts of treachery.
������� From the opening scene, we begin to see the role that women play in
Macbeth.� The three ugly witches are gathered in a thunderstorm cackling
greedily over their evil plans. Their chant of "fair is foul, and foul is fair"
illustrates how women perform acts of ugliness and evil to achieve disorder.� In
addition, we see that women can cloud reality, thus causing deceptiveness in the
"fog and filthy air."
������� In Act I, scene 3, we again see the feminine presence through the
witches. This time, however, they are casting spells on a poor sailor because
his wife cursed one of the witches and refused to give her some chestnuts.
Chances are, that if women are fighting, a man will suffer for it.� Just then,
Macbeth and Banqou see the witches and engage them in conversation.� The witches
greet Macbeth with, "Thane of Glamis" (his present title), "Thane of Cawdor"
(his soon-to-be announced title), and the prophesy that he will be "King
hereafter."� They also greet Banquo with, "lesser than Macbeth, and greater," as
"not so happy, yet much happier," and tell him "thou shalt get kings, though
thou be none."� How would the witches know of their future?� Perhaps they were
trying to plant an idea in Macbeth's head that would later lead to certain
������� After Macbeth discovers the witches' first prediction came true, he
begins to aspire to realize the next prediction of becoming king.� Already,
because of the women, Macbeth begins to entertain the idea of such power.
Macbeth later informs his wife of his encounter with the witches and their
predictions.� Because Lady Macbeth likes the idea of becoming queen, she
encourages Macbeth to kill Duncan.� Just like a woman would do, she begins to
put her own interests before the well-being of her husband.� She tells him that
he must kill Duncan, which he eventually does with great hesitance.� Even after
he commits the deed, she maintains that what he did was rational, and thus
begins Macbeth's path of annihilation.
������� It is important to note that Macbeth is primarily a brave, courageous,
and loyal man.� It was not until the witches planted the idea of "power" in his
head, and Lady Macbeth encouraged him to murder Duncan, did he stray from the
righteous path.� In Macbeth, responsibility rests solely on the shoulders of the
women in the play.� Just as Eve gave the forbidden fruit to Adam, women supply
men with evil temptation that will inevitably lead to misfortune.
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Characters in Macbeth, English-language films, Macbeth, Fiction, Film, British films, Regicides, Banquo, Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, Three Witches, Macduff
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