Stephen Guy
Ms. Marchese
English 11R

Masculine and feminine energy are the two natural energies in human nature. In order for a healthy relationship to perpetuate and remain successful there must be this polarity of energies. Masculine energy possesses its own unique traits, in addition to feminine energy possessing its own qualities. However masculine and feminine energy are not always found in their respective gender. Lady Macbeth shows traits of masculine energy, while Macbeth shows traits of feminine energy. Near the beginning of the play Macbeth through discussion and action of murdering Duncan the gender roles between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are reversed

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“Masculine energy is all about purpose, drive, direction, and mission in life. The masculine energy is also about breaking down barriers. Between men and women, the woman opens up and receives. She is physically designed to receive a man. She is penetrated in every way by her man: emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically” (Wayne 53). The single most important thing in a man’s life is his purpose and mission, whether it be going to work or going off to war. Feminine energy likes to be the follower and go along with the man. In shakespeare’s days the man was recognized as the leader while the woman the follower, this doesn’t hold true in the beginning of the play. Polarity of masculine and feminine energy is needed for a relationship to last. Without this polarity the relationship would slowly lose its passion and wither until each get turned off from one another. It is a universal principle that people in their feminine or masculine are attracted to the opposite energy. Fortunately for the Macbeth’s relationship the polarity is there but they’re forced into their unnatural essence causing trouble in both the Man and Woman. This has an effect on Macbeth causing a reversal in his gender role of a masculine man.

Macbeth is illustrated as a feminine woman near the beginning of the play. You can see this when Macbeth expresses uncertainty in his soliloquy “If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well if it were done quickly….. And falls on th’ other.” (Shakespeare, 1.7.1-28) Macbeth goes back and forth contemplating and showing uncertainty, he says “the king trusts me in two ways. First of all, I am his kinsman and his subject, so I should always try to protect him. Second, I am his host, so I should always try to protect him. Second, I am his host, so I should be closing the door in his murderer’s face, not trying to kill him myself” (1.7. 13-17) macbeth is averse to killing Duncan here but earlier was talking about how he should do it quickly. More of Macbeth