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By the end of the play, although Lady Macbeth tries to sway us other wise the audience is convinced by the characters that in order to be masculine, you don’t have to be violent as such but show leadership and loyalty. This message is conveyed in Act 4, scene 3 when Ross reports to Macduff the death of his family. Malcolm, Duncan’s son, suggests to Macduff that he should take to the news in a ‘manly fashion’. “I shall do so;/But I must feel it as a man…” This quote made by Macduff suggests that to take something like a man, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be violent. Another theme explored in this part of the play is “Appearences often hide reality”. This theme suggests ...view middle of the document...

. Shakespeare chose to use this language technique because it not only intrigues the reader or audience of the play but it created a clear but creative interpretation or what Lady Macbeth is trying to put across. As well as creating a clear image, the line of Lady Macbeths that I quoted earlier, links to the theme of ‘Appearences often hide reality’.

Like many of Shakespeare’s famous plays, Macbeth ventures into the ambiguous minds and lives of the characters within the play. The play is revolved around the one central character, Macbeth. Along with Macbeth, is his devoted yet manipulative wife, Lady Macbeth. The story turns into a spiral of unchecked ambition, gruesome victories followed by some with bloody falls. The plot begins when Macbeth and his best friend Banquo once again succeed in battle and soon after stumble across a trio of vile witches who greet Macbeth with the following prophesies. Firstly, he will further become the thane of Cawdor as he is already the Thane of Glamis and from there, the King of Scotland. The idea of becoming king intrigued Macbeth and filled his mind with desperate and murderous desires which lead both him and wife into the inescapable hole they dig for themselves through out the play. In Act 1, Scene 5 Lady Macbeth receives a letter from her husband informing her of the witches prophesy. She then hears word that King Duncan would be staying at their castle that night. Configuring her sadistic plans, she soon comes to realize that her husband would not be up to the challenge of murdering Duncan himself. In turn making the murder even more difficult than she first intended. In this scene many themes are folded in to insure the play stays interesting. One of these themes includes “The relationship between cruelty and masculinity”. This theme describes how through out the ages, ‘manhood’ was something you gained by being violent and pitiless. In Act 1, Scene 5, Lady Macbeth speaks of how her husband would be incapable of pursuing in the murder due to his decency. She questions his masculinity as she knows he respects Duncan too much to follow through with her plans. “It is too full o’th’milk of human kindness/ to catch the nearest way.” This quote by Lady Macbeth suggests that Macbeth is too ‘unmanly’ to take the opportunity that arises. But although men are usually thought as the more dominant sex, in this scene the audience is lead otherwise. “Come to my women’s breasts/And take...

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