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Throughout Macbeth often addresses the theme of

Throughout the play, Shakespeare uses various themes in order to make us think or have a opinion on a certain subject. In this passage, Lady Macbeth often addresses the theme of murder defines manhood. For instance when she says “From this time such I account thy love.” (Shakespeare 41) or “When you durst do it, then you were a man.”(Shakespeare 43) These remarks made by Lady Macbeth question her husband’s masculinity. She’s trying to manipulate him into thinking that a real man is someone who is capable of murder. Shakespeare uses this theme in order to create some uncertainties in the couple’s marriage. Both of them have their own opinion of what a real man is and they cannot seem to accept each others feature. It is clear that Lady Macbeth has the qualities normally associated with men and she’s using these attributes to her advantage and attacks her weak husband.Also, the author uses different tones during the passage. Provocation is present through the passage. Lady Macbeth’s  provocative tone is what gets her husband to act. In line 40, she says “And live a coward in thine own esteem”(Shakespeare 41). By calling him a coward, she not only insults him but she hopes deep down that these comments will trigger something to get him to go through with the plan. The author used two different characters to demonstrate how evil leads to madness. Lady Macbeth is powerful and we can definitely see how “masculine” she is. Macbeth on the other hand is more feminine because he is frightened by what he has to do to become king. Later on during the novel, we can definitely see that the roles have been switched and that evil consumed Macbeth and he became the man his wife wanted him to be. However lady Macbeth’s guilt consumed her to the point where she killed herself.Finally, throughout the passage, there is a significant progression. At the beginning of the passage, Lady Macbeth is bringing down her husband. Calling him a coward and telling him that if this is love than she doesn’t want it. This demonstrates the instability of their relationship. Lady Macbeth insults her husband knowing that he won’t be able to stand up for himself . Shakespeare uses a provocative and disdainful tone to show how Lady Macbeth is the man figure in the house and how she holds the power over her husband. This statement is definitely seen in line 58 when she says “Have plucked my nipple out of his boneless gum” (Shakespeare 43). The progression of the passage in this line is very important because it proves how Lady Macbeth doesn’t consider herself as a woman and replaced all kind of feminine trait by violence.   


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