Gender Inversion as Theme in "Macbeth"?Is theme of inversion of gender roles in macbeth as much as is connected to the break down of the natural order?Describe the theme of inversion of gender...

Gender Inversion as Theme in "Macbeth"?

Is theme of inversion of gender roles in macbeth as much as is connected to the break down of the natural order?

Describe the theme of inversion of gender roles in "Macbeth," and its connection to the breakdown of the natural order of things.

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purplepenguin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Reversal of gender roles appears often in Shakespeare's plays. In "Macbeth," it is more subtle. The natural order of Macbeth ascending the throne and continuing to rule begins to break down as Macbeth himself begins to break down. The weaker Macbeth becomes, the stronger his wife, Lady Macbeth, bolsters him. While Macbeth suffers from the guilt of the murders he has committed, Lady Macbeth appears to have no conscience at all. Macbeth continues to place his confidence in the witches prophesy rather than reality and continues to murder to retain the throne of Scotland. The natural order of ascension to the throne is broken as Macbeth continues to murder and is only brought back to normal by McDuff defeating Macbeth in battle and Malcolm becoming king.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Lady Macbeth is definitely the one who pulls the strings, and she does ask to be unsexed so she can have the power.  However, in some ways she is a stereotypical woman.  She does not think ahead, she cares what other people think, and she needs her husband to get ahead.

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