Joan's father grows much more intense in his threats when Joan describes her mission to "drive the English out of France" (81); Jacques d'Arc responds by saying "that rather than see her unsex
herself and go away with the armies, he would require her brothers to drown her; and that if they should refuse, he would do it with his own hands" (82).
For example, in a discussion of Ben Jonson's Epicene, Wooding observes that it incorporates discourse on 'ladies' minute attention to their dress and their talkative and overbearing natures, all perennial matter for comedy until political correctness served to unsex
Medea does indeed seek within herself "the ancient vigour,"' but Lady Macbeth does not; she asks spirits to unsex
her, and by the end of the play is suffering from Christian remorse: "hell is murky.
Indeed it is also often argued that Shakespeare portrays the Scottish queen, Lady Macbeth, as a fourth witch, particularly as a result of her reference to the raven, just before her call to the 'spirits which tend on mortal thoughts' to unsex
her and fill her with cruelty (Willis 1995: 221-222; Townshend 2013: 174).
Her bodily posture and expression suggest we are witnessing an autoerotic moment, as if the very thought of her calling on the spirits to unsex
her has had the opposite effect--it turns her on and makes her orgasm.
As we should unsex
the universal "man" in the "the rights of man," it is equally appropriate to question the focus on women when gender inequality afflicts people of all genders.
Women must take the initiative to escape the prison of their lives, ignore the threat that working will unsex
them, and open the door to opportunities that await those who are willing to take risks and struggle.
Beat purer, heart, and higher, Till God unsex
thee on the heavenly shore Where unincarnate spirits purely aspire
In addition, the paper analyzes other characters in the play for the insights they furnish on its presentation of masculinity--from Lady Macbeth's attempts to unsex
herself to the power wielded by the ambiguously gendered witches.
Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex
me here, and fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full of direst cruelty