Discussion questions -Macbeth : Discuss the definitions of “manhood” proposed
Discuss the definitions of “manhood” proposed by characters throughout the play. Contrast Malcolm’s and Macduff’s views of manhood (see IV. iii. 213-235). Does Malcolm’s view of manhood seem to contradict his earlier description of himself (see IV. iii. 125-132)? What is Lady Macbeth’s definition of manhood (see I. vii. 35-59)? How does Macbeth espouse this definition in his conversation with Banquo’s murderers (see III. i. 75-142)? Does Macbeth find this definition of manhood viable by the end of the play? How has his “manly” behavior reduced him to the level of a beast?