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Masculinity means having qualities appropriate to or usually associated with a man In the Shakespeare play Macbeth the character of Macbeth is defined as courageous strong and a good general He has many qualities that make him masculine Macbeth shows his masculinity first while he is fighting in the battle against the Norwegians Also when Macbeth plots to murder Banquo and Fleance he decides to keep the plan a secret from Lady Macbeth because he wants to be in control However later on in the play Macbeth begins to lose his masculinity and start to go insane Throughout the beginning of the play Macbeth demonstrates some very masculine qualities however towards the end Macbeth becomes less masculine and can be seen as less of a man First Macbeth is very masculine courageous and brave while fighting in the battle for King Duncan All of King Duncans servants see Macbeth as brave a quality which is associated with masculinity After the battle is complete Malcolm discusses how well Macbeth fought in the battle This is the sergeant who like a good and hardy soldier fought gainst my captivity Hail brave friend 123-5 Malcolm discusses how brave Macbeth has been throughout the battle and what a wonderful fighter he is Macbeth also shows his masculinity in the battle when he is killing the Norwegian soldiers and he took no pity on his enemy Sergeant which neer shook hands nor bade farewell to him till he unseamd him from the nave to the chaps and fixed his heads upon our battlements 1221-24 Macbeth cut off the head of his enemy and took no mercy on them This is a characteristic of a masculine man because he is seen as physically powerful and manly Second Macbeth shows masculinity when he is plotting to kill Banquo and his son Fleance Macbeth decides that he wants to kill Banquo and Fleance in order to be king Showing that he is willing
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