Ananya Boruah
Feminism, Lady Macbeth, Patriarchal, Violence
Macbeth or The Tragedy of Macbeth is one of the shorter tragic plays written by William Shakespeare and was most likely composed between 1599 and 1606. One of the most prominent and diverse character of the play is Lady Macbeth. She exceeds all other heroines in the Shakespearean world by her grandeur, strength of will and determination. She has been revered as the pioneer of feminism due to these qualities which tends to depart from the portrayal of women characters during 16th century Elizabethan England. However, a closer examination also establishes her as an extension of the role given to her by the patriarchal society i.e., to fulfill her responsibility as a wife. She blindly worships her husband due to which she finally succumbs to madness at the end of the play. During the course of the tragedy, she does violence to her nature as she represses all her feminine instincts on the sheer force of will to support her husband. This paper aims to study and analyze her role as the extension of patriarchy during the course of the tragedy.
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Unique Paper ID: 160990

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 10, Issue 2

Page(s): 249 - 252
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