Explain the role of men in the poem My Last Duchess by Robert Browning, the play Medea by Euripides, and Macbeth by Shakespeare.

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My Last Duchess by Robert Browning: the husband treats the duchess as an object to be collected and possessed and the painter and envoy as an object of physical beauty to be admired. men are collectors and women objects to be collected and viewed, or in Lacanian terms objects of the male gaze.


Medea by Euripides: Men appear as husbands and warriors, and dispensers of law and justice. They have a dominant role in the play, and though ultimately making decisions about what happens to women are not active participants in the domestic sphere.


Macbeth by Shakespeare:Men are leaders, statesmen, and warriors, and active agents of both good and evil. The operate through direct action rather than strategems.

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