Shakespeare's Feminine Evil Analytical Essay by Calwriter

Shakespeare's Feminine Evil
A review of Shakespeare's "King Lear" and "Macbeth", focusing on the feminine evil.
# 56090 | 2,360 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 13, 2005 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (MacBeth) , Shakespeare (King Lear)

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This paper discusses two of Shakespeare's plays that portray evil female characters, "King Lear" and "Macbeth". The paper describes the daughters in "King Lear", Goneril and Regan, as ungracious and self-centered and capable of great evil. The paper contends that this notion of the independent, aspiring woman is further emphasized in the calculating, power-hungry character of Lady Macbeth in "Macbeth". The paper claims that, with these strong characters, Shakespeare is expanding the role of women by recognizing them as capable of the same desires and motivations that inspire men. These images of women not only contrast the traditional image of the medieval damsel in distress, but they mortify and embarrass their male counterparts.

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