Topics: Macbeth, Woman, Gender Pages: 3 (984 words) Published: March 6, 2013
Compare the ways in which 1shakepser and browning present disturbed female charecters in Macebth and the Laboratory.

In this essay I will construct an analysis of the two main female protagonists in Macbeth by William Shakespeare and The Labatory by Robert Browning. I will reflect on the choices made by both women and the inevitable consequences of them. Although both texts, about women who are in the throes of dealing with murder, are written in different forms of literature - Shakespeare's "Macbeth" being in the form of a play and "The Labatory" being in the form of a poem both texts create powerful imagery and through use of language evokes strong perceptions from the audience.Both thexts are written in different time periods, Macbeth being written in the 17th century, and the Labortatory being written the 19th century, although they are almost 2 centuries apart, they deal with simiair themes like sexsist attidudes towards women and their capabilities At one point, she wishes that she were not a woman so that she could do it herself (this is a recurrent theme examining the relationship between gender and power) ‘’unsex me here’’- act one scene 5.Aswhere the mere thought that the husband in the baorotary was doing all this infro-nt of his wife shows that he had no respect for her and this reflects the attidtudes of men in the Victorian era where a man had the freedom to do whatever he desired ,and the woman had to endure.In that era I believe that these women would have been thought to have been ‘’possesed’ as in that era they did not believe in a clinical state of madness, like we do now.Then shakespere had intended to bring the sense of supernatural forces when in act 1 scene 5 she calls the dark forces- she quite literally means to ask themto posses her mind and body so that all human pity can be removed.

We as the audience are given the impression that both women are ambitious and powerful as they both successfully choose to manipulate men to make...
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