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Lady Macbeth And Antigone Essay

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The consequences of acts of rebellion against their patriarchal systems by Antigone and Lady Macbeth result in their premature deaths. Two women who exist in society as property of men, yet gather the courage to speak up in order to get what they want. Each of these characters uses her dainty hands in deliberate actions against their male counterparts in wild disregard for traditional rules. An inner spirit empowers them with silent force against the men of influence in their lives. Antigone claims her superiority over Creon in confession to Ismene, the chorus, and to the King himself. She undermines his power by going against the decreed law, and instead honors her brother Polyneices by ...view middle of the document...

She weighs success in balance against her insufficient husband, because he lacks cutthroat tactics to do what needs to be done. She considers him, “too full o’th’ milk of human kindness” (16), and without her persistence he will do nothing to bring them closer to the crown anytime soon. The power of her place as wife allows her to pester like a drip in sweet, sultry tones solicits murder as a justifiable loss for insurmountable power. Lady Macbeth realizes the necessity to convince Macbeth he must persue his kingly fate as she thinks to herself, “I may pour my spirits in thine ear/And chastise with the valor of my tongue”(16). However, every drop of assurance she gives to him leaves her emotionally empty; until death and madness break her down.
Lady Macbeth breaks from the traditional patriarch mindset to persuade her violent visions of murder over her husband, nevertheless words are no comfort on her decent down to madness and suicide. Lady Macbeth holds of his manhood using words to bash out the innocence, and gnashes her teeth like a mother bear to an unwelcome cub.

In a strange shift of power, Lady Macbeth attempts to exchange her femininity for masculinity to embolden her husband, but she will prove it difficult to maintain near the end....

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