Bright Minded Essay

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Jack NelmsMrs. RothEnglish 48 April 2014Trust, Treason, and TurmoilMacbeth written by Shakespeare is a perfect example to illustrate masculinity vs. femininity. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are virtually as extreme as it gets and no one else can justify their experiences along the way. The battle of the sexes has been going on since the beginning of time and is still occurring today. It has changed overtime and even created a few new ideas, however the concept is still the same. One may say that both are equal, but the dominant role can easily be reversed. Macbeth depicts the exchange of the dominant role reversing in a relationship, the difference between masculinity and femininity, and the rise and fall of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's relationship throughout this piece.In any relationship there can be dominance or equality. However, even if one person seems superior to their partner, the title can be easily reversed. "Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature;It is too full o' the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great; Art not without ambition, but withoutThe illness should attend it. What thou wouldst highly, That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false, And yet wouldst wrongly win: thou dost have, great Glamis,That which cries "Thus thou must do, if thou have it"; And that which rather thou dost fear to do Than wishest should be undone. Hie thee hither,That I may pour my spirits in thine ear; And chastise with the valour of my tongue All that impedes thee from the golden round, Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem To have thee crown'd withal." (1,5,15-22). Lady Macbeth sees her husband's ambition but quickly realizes he is still too kind. She directly targets his ego and pride and tells him he is a coward if he does not kill the King. Resulting from that, she is showing dominance by getting Macbeth to do what it is that she desires. Macbeth eventually kills the king but feels very much guilt after doing so. Although Lady Macbeth is still triumphant because of the kill and reigns superior over Macbeth, the reader catches a sense of manipulation from Lady Macbeth because what she wanted was done, even if Macbeth did not necessarily feel good about his kill."Was the hope drunk Wherein you dress'd yourself? hath it slept since? And wakes it now, to look so green and pale At what it did so freely? From this time Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard To be the same in thine own act and valour As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would,' Like the poor cat i' the adage? Prithee, peace: I dare do all that may become a man" (1,7,3). Lady Macbeth sort of taunts her husband by asking how he is with a sarcastic connotation. She does not truly care about his well being, she is just merely making him feel even more terrible for...

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