Hi all,

"I dare do all that may become a man"

I searched on the dictionary, and I found the word "become" has two meanings. One is "to be suitable for", and second one is "to start to be", according to the Cambridge online dictionary.

Does it mean this statement has double meaning? the first one is : "I will screw every boy who starts to be a man" and the second one is "I will do everything that is suitable for a man"

Thank you.
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I really don't see how you got your first sentence!

"Become" has two meanings: be = (1) begin to be; (2) turn into; AND suit = be appropriate to.

The original sentence is using the second meaning = I will do anything that may be appropriate to being a man
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become has a fuirther meaning and it is the one that applies here - to make something attractive. It's usually used in the form 'becoming' and it is a little old-fashioned. Of course, it doesn't have to mean just physically attractive - he wants to do everything that is admirable in a man.

Example

That dress is most becoming on you.

Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary

become (SUIT) Show phonetics
verb [T] became, become OLD-FASHIONED
to cause to look attractive or to be suitable for:
That colour really becomes you.

becoming Show phonetics
adjective OLD-FASHIONED
That's a most becoming (= attractive) dress, my dear.
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Feebs, I'm guessing the first, and rather hilarious, sentence comes from the common use of "do" to mean "have sexual intercourse with." "Man, I'd sure like to do her."

If he's going to "do" all that, or who, may become a man, it means everything except the women and old guys. I guess. Emotion: surprise
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Nah, it includes women who are considering transgender surgery as well!
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<screams of laughter>
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If you have read Act 1 Scene 7, you may have noticed the rather chiding nature of Lady MacBeth but not only this, the longer monologue prior to her entrance. What Shakespear hints at here is an old theme. He hints there in several ways "But here, upon this bank and shoal of time/We'ld jump the life to come..." The fisherman/king; "Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return/To plague the inventor" Instructions previously taut to him, by whom? "So clear in his great office, that his virtues / Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against / The deep damnation of his taking-off; / And pity, like a naked new-born babe," And it goes on. The female then chides him, despite his willingness to "To prick the sides of my intent". This is the "wounding in the side" scenario, dancing the masculine power of generation, and he is willing, essentially to become a man through wo(o)ing. - a wo man It is a deeply structured description of power, directly from the bloodied lips of Francis Bacon. Here, he truely shakes his spear in our face.
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This is a better answer, much of the tensions in MacBeth are generated throughn the deconstruction and manipulation of genmder roles. Lady MacBeths famous speach where she call upon the murdering ministers to "unsex" her is prehaps one of the most flagrent and direct moments in the -play, but her speach is laced with inuendo " the raven himself is hoars" as he sounds the death knell of Duncan's "entrance beneath my batlements" is a sexual alusion, She regales MacBeth that she would pluck a child from her breast and dash its braains out, MacBeth tells her to bring for only Male children and refers to her "undaunted metal" qnother phalic inuendo.

Many of Shakespear's charcter operate in an exostentialst manner deffinuing themselves through actionn or inaaction. MacBeth in commiting regicide changes his destiny and Identity, infact his identity is fluide and unstable through out the play,Glames, Cawdor or a man on a batlefield who does not stop to shake the hand of the man he shall slay.

" Become" is a pun and refers to the act of both attaining and the fact that some thing suits him as a man. Think tpoo of the importance of apperance in the play the "gluilded faces of the grooms , smeered with blood not of their own doing but proclaimimbng guilt ( another pun) on his accesion to his first title MacBethh is dressed in "borrowed robes", robes that onme could argue do not "become" him.

MacBeth is a man of action, a combatant, who in the taking of life on the battle field lives in the moment, allbeit a moment of death, that is MacBeth the man, honours titles and borrowed robes are heaped upon him , asa result of actions that to an elizabeathan audience would seem more horrific thaan to us, for they usurp the natural order of monarchy. Macbeth defines himself on the field, then is emasculated by his dominant ( masculin, or defieminised ) wife and pushed to do that which is unnatural and becomes a paradox that which he is not, he looses his identity as a man and the only escape he can aspire to is nothingness, as expressing in the harrowing " tomorrow" speach. he ultimately achieves this neant or state of nothingness through his own death deliverd simbolically by a "man" not of "woman" born. In other words a nobody a, a nothining he is ultimately consumed by a cypher hovering between the symbols of the natural world and fullfils his own prophecy.

What defines a man is clear, his space in the natural order, Macbeth goes beyond that and as a result ceasses to be and in his own wordsm, he is "none"
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