How and why does Shakespeare invert the gender stereotypes in Macbeth?

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During Shakespeare's time, and throughout most of history, women were supposed to be submissive and obedient to their husbands. Women were supposed to be nurturing, peaceful, and at home attending to "womanly" duties. InMacbeth, the weird sisters have power of knowledge (of the future) and Lady Macbeth has ambition and courage--things that were more commonly associated in male characters and heroes. In a way, the women's positions of strength in the play emasculate Macbeth from the role of returning war hero and later as king. The reason Shakespeare does this is to...

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