FEMALE MASCULINITIES IN SHAKESPEARE

Authors

  • Dr. R.S. BASKKARAN, Dr. P.Tamilarasan, Dr. poonam

Abstract

Shakespeare’s characters are universal. Female masculinities are expressions of malegender traits in females, such attributes include being autocratic, powerful, courageous, assertive,
highly manipulative, sometimes persuasive, and very often dominant and coercive in decisionmaking. The concepts of female masculinities have been presented with different meanings and
definitions by numerous scholars. Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’ displays
instances of masculine traits to intimidate her husband Macbeth in order to kill King Duncan.
The paper is an attempt to explore Lady Macbeth’s behaviour in terms of gender conformity in
society regards to masculine and feminine qualities. As Shakespeare’s characters are not onedimensional, and his opinions not entirely feminist. He tries to depict women as equally powerful
as men. His perception of women has been fascinating subjects of literature or literary creativity
from time immemorial. Shakespeare never fathoms much difference in both genders even though
his society was patriarchal.

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Published

2020-12-02

How to Cite

Dr. R.S. BASKKARAN, Dr. P.Tamilarasan, Dr. poonam. (2020). FEMALE MASCULINITIES IN SHAKESPEARE. PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt / Egyptology, 17(6), 5575 - 5583. Retrieved from http://mail.palarch.nl/index.php/jae/article/view/1830