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Masculinity The man most man works best for men and if most man indeed he gets his manhood plainest from his soul Elizabeth Barrett Browning In the dramatic tragedy Macbeth by William Shakespeare masculinity becomes a trait that is manipulated by Lady Macbeth and Macbeth Lady Macbeth manipulates this trait in Macbeth by questioning his manhood and convincing him to murder Duncan King of Scotland The same way Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband Macbeth provokes the murderers he hires to kill Banquo and Fleance by questioning their manhood as well When the hallucination of Banquos ghost plagues Macbeth both Lady Macbeth and himself bring up the masculinity of Macbeth Lady Macbeth questioning it and Macbeth reinstating it In the start of the novel Lady Macbeth first appears to the reader as a selfish woman who is concerned solely with her own well being She plays with others emotions to get what she wants Scornfully Lady Macbeth provokes Macbeths rage She questions her husbands ability To be the same in thine own act and valour-As thou art in desire Ivii40-41 Lady Macbeth twists her own wants around to make it seem that she is concerned with Macbeths wants and also uses his devotion towards her to achieve her goals Lady Macbeth knows her husbands feelings towards the crown and intelligently poses the question of havingthat-Which thou esteemst the ornament of life-And live a coward in thine own esteemivii41-43 Innocently Lady Macbeth states that From this time-Such account thy love knowing that Macbeth cannot refuse this allegation Ivii39 Macbeth is surprised at these rash statements He fatefully promises to dare do all that may become a manIvii46 This promise to boost his self-esteem and reassure his masculinity proves to be fatal for himself and his surroundings In the same venial way Lady Macbeth tricks Macbeth into doing what was best for her Macbeth cleverly misleads two murderers into thinking that Banquo is
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