The Stereotypes Of Men And Women In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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In, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the author uses the stereotypes of men and women to express the divide between sex and power of his time. The stereotypical woman of Macbeth’s time in history is assumed to be cowardly and weak, while men as the strong and powerful figures of their time. Therefore, many men emphasized their superiority by looking down and viewing being women as a bad thing, Banquo: “ You should be women, yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are one” (17). Banquo calls Macbeth a women because of his cowardness and ambitionless acts, yet he knows he’s not a women because of his looks and facial features. The strong and powerful stereotype of a man makes the impression of a typical man an encomium to the people of Scotland.

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