How would you interpret the idea of religion, superstion and shakespeare's definition of evil in macbeth?    please consider the feminist and political elitist point of view. and be as...

How would you interpret the idea of religion, superstion and shakespeare's definition of evil in macbeth?

 

 

please consider the feminist and political elitist point of view. and be as detailed as possible. thank you!

 

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Concerning Shakespeare's Macbeth, you ask a question loaded with too many parts for this format.  I suggest starting a Discussion Board discussion to get a full series of responses. 

That said, I'll tackle a small part of your question.  Lady Macbeth is a female trapped in a male-dominated patriarchy.  From a feminist point of view, she may be seen as an intelligent, gifted woman who longs to break through gender roles.  This, one could say, is why she pleads to be unsexed--made more like a man.  And of course she believes in spirits and "prays" to them--a woman in her society needs every bit of help she can get.  Besides, witchcraft and spirits were part of commonly held beliefs by many in Shakespeare's place and time, as they would be in many places and times for hundreds of years after Shakespeare.   

As far as what is shown in the play, Lady Macbeth never even gets to leave the castle.  She attempts to break out--figuratively, but possibly literally, also--with the only means available.  The male-dominated segment of her existence is certainly dominated by killing and bleedshed, why shouldn't the female segment be also?

Lady Macbeth is a woman pushed to extremes by the limiting society she lives in.  She is not evil, only trapped. 

Above is a male's interpretation of the character, Lady Macbeth, interpreted from a feminist point of view.  I make no claims to being completely accurate in my interpretation!  For that, you need a female feminist, but I gave it a try for you.