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Lindsay Lastinger In-Class Writing 2-Macbeth Coach Allen December 13, 2008 Women as the Source of Violence in Macbeth Though the prominent attributes of masculinity seems to be highlighted in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth , the women in the play appear to cause the majority of violence that takes place. The various witches and their divine goddess Hectate spark Macbeth’s fiery ambition with their confusing prophecies and apparitions, while Lady Macbeth drives him to perform the deadly deeds necessary for him to fulfill their prophecies. The women in this play contradict all general standards held by most women, as they use relentless and malicious actions to trigger Macbeth’s immoral desires. The first indication of females contributing to violence comes in the beginning lines of the play. Three witches use riddle-like expressions and confusing prophetic visions to convince Macbeth that he will one day be king of Scotland. They address him as, “…Thane of Glamis….Thane of Cawdor…and king hereafter!” Their vague prophecy is enough to kindle a
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