Define the concept of ''manhood,'' according to Malcolm, Macduff, and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth.
For Macbeth, a man should be composed of bravery and boldness. His wife seems to agree, as she tries to talk him back into murdering the king, Duncan, his relative and friend, using a number of pretty harsh arguments. She does actually say "When you durst do it, then you were a man"—essentially, she assumes that a sense of daring is what makes the man. In response to her arguments, he tells her,
Bring forth men-children only,
For thy undaunted mettle should compose
Nothing but males. (1.7.83-85)
In other words, Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth that she should only give birth to boys because her nature is much more suited to males than females. What he calls her "undaunted mettle" refers to her temperament: she is resolute in the face of danger, and she will not be persuaded from her purpose. This, for him, is what men should be.
For Lady Macbeth, also, a man should maintain the utmost self-control while still remaining courageous and daring. When he sees Banquo 's ghost at their dinner party and begins...
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