Gender in Macbeth

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  • Gender in Macbeth(Act 1)
  • Cindy Trinh Per 1  Shannahan
  •  "You should be women,  And yet your beards forbid me to interpret That you are so. " (I.iii.47-49) Banquo and Macbeth are conflicted on the gender of the witches
  • "I'll drain him dry as hay. Sleep shall neither night nor day hang upon his penthouse lid.mHe shall live a man forbid. Weary sev'n nights, nine times nine, shall he dwindle, peak, and pine.Though his bark cannot be lost, yet it shall be tempest-tossed." (Scene 3) The witch has made the man unable to have children. 
  • "Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood. Stop up th' access and passage to remorse, that no compunctious visitings of nature Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between Th' effect and it. Come to my woman's breasts, And take my milk for gall, you murd'ring ministers, Wherever in your sightless substances You wait on nature's mischief. Come, thick night, And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, That my keen knife see not the wound it makes, Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, To cry 'Hold, hold!'" (I.v.47-61) Lady Macbeth rants about how the spirits should unsex her to make her a man so she could be full of evil and malice. She believes she cannot be evil enough as a woman.
  •  "Bring forth men-children only, for thy undaunted mettle should compose nothing but males." (scene 7)
  • "Prithee, peace. I dare do all that may become a man. Who dares do more is none."(I.vii.50-52)
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