Gender and femininity. As boys grow into

Gender Roles and Expectations         Do you think that there would ever come a time when gender roles/gender stereotypes and expectations would change? In the play “Macbeth” written by William Shakespeare, it is shown through character and location that the gender stereotypes and expectations are similar to ones in today’s day and age. This is due to boys and girls, at a young age, coming across and picking up some stereotypes based on masculinity and femininity.         As boys grow into men, they have already come across many different gender based stereotypes , for instance men don’t cry. These types of masculine stereotypes have been told for centuries now. For example, “Dispute it like a man. I shall do so; but I must also feel it as a man” (4.3.226-228). In this quote from Macbeth, Macduff states that in order for him to fight as a man he must first feel as one, also Macduff cannot show any emotion if he’s going to fight. This quote shows that centuries ago men had to always stay strong, not letting their emotions get the best of them. This thought/stereotype of a man had carried through many centuries to this day. For example, an article recently written on Health Guidance gave examples of gender stereotypes. One of the few examples given in the article was, “Men are supposed to do the dirty jobs and anything that requires muscle, they are also supposed to go to work and provide for the family… Man are always in charge; they are always at the top”. This quote shows that to this day men are seen as the providers to their family because they are stronger and could do work with their strength, this quote also states that men are still seen as the ones who can say and do whatever they want because no matter how good a female is at something she will never be able to top a man.         Similarly, to boys, as girls grow into women they also get exposed to gender based stereotypes, such as women are not as strong as men. These types of feminine stereotypes have also been told for centuries now. For example, “O gentle lady, ‘Tis not for you to hear what I can speak. The repetition in a woman’s ear would murder as it fell” (2.3.58-61). In this quote Macduff states that his news about Duncan’s murder shouldn’t be told to Lady Macbeth because if he told Lady Macbeth, it would kill her as soon as she heard it. This shows that all women were thought of as kind, gentle souls who could only care not hurt. Which may not always be the case because no one’s the same, meaning not all women would be kind. For example, a line recently written in an article on The Balance states, “By blaming men for calling all the shots, we are also saying indirectly that women are powerless victims of society, and that’s not always true”. This quote shows that women are not powerless even though society may sometimes make them look the part of the victim. You can’t judge every women the same based on stereotypes you have heard, because inside they may different.         In conclusion, in the play “Macbeth” written by William Shakespeare, the gender stereotypes and expectations in the past are very similar to the ones in today’s day and age. While men are believed to be strong and brave, women are believed to be kind but powerless. Shakespeare did a well job showing gender stereotypes through the play Macbeth.