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Gendered reading of Macbeth. By Robyn McCoy. P.S everyone, sorry if I sound a bit croaky, I was struggling with a sore and scratchy throat haha enjoy . Definitions .

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gendered reading of macbeth

Gendered reading of Macbeth

By Robyn McCoy

P.S everyone, sorry if I sound a bit croaky, I was struggling with a sore and scratchy throat haha enjoy 

  • Gender: A term of social classification that refers to the sexual difference and the roles, identities and practices that are related to sex differences in culture.
  • Gendered Reading: In literature, gendered readings focus on the representations of femininity and masculinity in texts-how they are produced and why, and what effects they may have.
list of traits
List of Traits
  • Submissive
  • Dependent
  • Unintelligent and Incapable

  • Emotional
  • Receptive
  • Intuitive
  • Weak

  • Content
  • Passive
  • Cooperative
  • Sensitive
  • Attractive because of physical appearance
  • Dominant
  • Independent
  • Intelligent and competent
  • Analytical and Logical
  • Rational
  • Brave
  • Strong
  • Ambitious
  • Competitive
  • Strong
  • Assertive
  • Attractive because of achievements
  • Cicero states "a man's chief quality is courage."
  • the Hebrew Bible states King David of Israel told his son "Be strong, and be a man" upon David's death.
  • “To be a man you have to be brave, cruel and strong”
  • Ideas of masculinity seen in myths about Gods and Heros:
  • -Ancient Greece Mythology- Zeus
  • - Roman Mythology- Mars, Saturn
  • - Norse Mythology- Odin, Thor
  • - Ancient Egyptian Mythology- Ra,
  • Macbeth is praised for his work in battle in Act 1, Scene 2
  • Is made Thane of Cawdor because of his “personal venture”, admired for being afraid of nothing and his multiple killings.
  • Ideas of valor and honor
  • Protagonist
  • Relationship between



lady macbeth
Lady Macbeth
  • The character of Lady Macbeth helps establish and emphasize masculine characteristics
  • She criticizes him for being weak and cowardly when he does not go through with the murder
  • She seems to be the driving force for Macbeth’s plans and uses manipulation to get him to do what she wants
  • In this way lady Macbeth and Macbeth subvert gender role expectations
  • His love and care for his family is evident, which contrasts to Macbeth who does not seem to care when his wife dies
  • Seems to embody Shakespeare’s idea of what a man should be-strong, but also able to show emotion
  • When he learns of his family’s death, he is told to “dispute it like a man.” and he replies, “I shall do so, / But I must also feel it as a man”
affected response
Affected Response
  • Sophisticated and unique for its time
  • Makes us question ideas on femininity and masculinity in current life and how they shape our actions, thoughts and expectations
  • Explores the idea of men expressing an emotional side and how this does not make them weak but only enhances “masculinity”, which I believe is an idea seen more commonly today
why this information is useful
Why This Information Is Useful
  • Can be used in exam questions involving;
  • -discourses and readings
  • -character construction