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Back in Shakespeare's Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is frequently considered a demonic figure whose evil manipulation triggers the murder of Duncan. Really, sex is a prominent theme in the play. In this essay, I'll assert that Macbeth reflects strict gender expectations and that the protagonists are subsequently governed and restricted by these stereotypes. Macbeth also reflects a profound mistrust of women from Shakespeare's society. With the Renaissance came a growth in education levels from the 16th century among middle and upper class girls. Such a phenomenon, accentuated from the ascension of Elizabeth I to the throne as a "great exemplar of female achievement" (Shapiro 703), also served as the backdrop to some "women's battle against their traditional subordinate status on a scale which appeared large to their male contemporaries" (Shapiro 703). Thus, the spirit of educated women of this era was one of battle for self-expression. Shapiro states that there were enough of such daring, ambitious women dressing up as men (so that you can have adventures and to acquire schooling) to warrant strikes in popular literature and also in King James I himself (704). It's clear that the patriarchal society of Elizabethan England had no appetite for women's ambitions, small as they were to be called anything more than a disorganized struggle. It is not tough to see the reflection of such a social setting in Macbeth. In lots of ways, Lady Macbeth is depicted as ambitious, at times towering over Macbeth -- apparently a reversal of the standard husband-wife relationship. Macbeth, for instance, admits his spouse because of his equal "partner of bliss" (Macbeth I.v.8). As the poor spouse, she does not seem to fear her husband however, even has the nerve to "chastise" Macbeth for bein...