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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.