365 Days of Shakespeare

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355. Top 11 Shakespearean badasses: number 2

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NUMBER 2: Lady Macbeth from Macbeth

So she is an unconventional choice, since she is generally considered a villain – that doesn’t mean she isn’t a tough, capable woman at the same time. Sure, she has some flaws here and there, namely the whole “assisting husband in killing half the castle” thing, but in general, she is a woman who is ambitious but is not able to act upon that because of her gender. She is tough, but isn’t really allowed to show it because of her gender. She is smart and savvy, but can only use those skills through channels (namely, through her husband) because of her gender. She finds ways to work past being female, and though her actions do lead to her ruin, one has to wonder what she would be like in a modern world where she could find success through her own skills and intellect. She’d probably be running things before too long.

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Written by Caroline Mincks

September 21, 2010 at 11:28 PM

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