Comparing Sheila And Lady Macbeth Essay

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Comparing Sheila and lady Macbeth
In this essay I will be comparing Sheila and lady Macbeth's relationship to their husband, at the start of the play, Sheila and Gerald have known each other for some time, and they are here celebrating their engagement in which Sheila is really happy with, in the middle she starts to gain some power and by the end she is fully in power and tells her family what to do. Gerald comes from a rich, powerful, well-respected family. At the start of Macbeth, lady Macbeth is in control of the relationship, she starts as the man of the relationship to typical Jacobean women as she suicides and kill herself at the end.
At the start of the play 'An inspector call', J.B Priestly presents Sheila and Gerald with a unbalanced relationship this is because Gerald sees himself as the dominant one, and he is in control of the relationship, meanwhile Sheila is naive and quite immature for her age. Gerald chose and bought the engagement ring for Sheila, this shows that Gerald is dominant, showing his authority and Sheila has nothing to say about it, 'is this the one you want me to have'. This shows us her willingness to be controlled by Gerald, this links to how their relationship is unbalanced as Gerald has more power and that he is in charge. We can also see this when Sheila says '...all last summer when you never came near me, and I wondered what had happened to you.' Although she says it half serious, half playfully, it is clear she thinks Gerald has been up to something, but she does react in any way towards this. This again shows her naivety about the relationship and shows that she allows herself to be controlled by Gerald. Even though Gerald dominates her, and Mr Birling pushes her relationship with Gerald, Sheila seems happy and unaware of it.
On the other hand, the opening of the play 'Macbeth' by Shakespeare, shows Lady Macbeth and Macbeth of having a diverging type of relationship compared to Shelia and Gerald. In a conventional relationship the man should be more controlled however this is a relationship which seems to be unconventional as the lady is seen to be in control. Woman of her age at that time should be ruled by their father or by their husband. However throughout the beginning of the play 'Macbeth', lady Macbeth is seen to be in full charge. The fact that she planned the murder and her level of confidence tells us that she has no mercy on people. 'We fail?' this quote used when Macbeth asks lady Macbeth what would happened if we fail?, She uses this rhetorical question to show off her confidence as well as her coldblooded nature. This link to how she is in a unusual type of relationship to Macbeth. In addition, Lady Macbeth is speaking as if she is certain that that this murder will go ahead. But she is fully aware that it is going to be emotionally difficult to go through with, and she calls upon evil spirits to assist her murderous plans."Come, you spirits, that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here...

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