Definition Of Manhood Essay

A man is not defined by his muscles, his facial hair, what he wears, what he drives, or by how much money he makes. The common assumption a lot of guys have is that being male automatically makes them men. Don’t get me wrong a person must be male to be a man, but it is not the sole qualification for becoming a good man. A real man is one who takes care of life’s responsibilities. Such responsibilities may include obligations to family, friends, career, and community. A real man is a role model and he respects women.

Negative media that degrades women does not influence a real man. Real men don’t measure themselves by the success of other men. Real men don’t quit. Real men are mentally strong as well as physically strong. Real men are open-minded; they are not racist, sexist, or homophobic. Real men respect the opposing viewpoints of others even though they may disagree with them. A real man values education and is always ready to learn. A real man is confident in himself but he is not arrogant. A real man knows himself and his limits.

A boy grows from a teenager to a man when he reaches certain milestones in his life. When a teenager graduates from high school he is no longer considered a child. He must go and make a productive life for himself. When a guy gets a job, starts college, earns his drivers license, opens his own bank account, starts paying bills, begins to date, and he begins to make his own decisions in life, he should be considered a man.

Some kids grow up quick; therefore I believe that a man cannot be defined by age. A boy becomes a man as soon as he is successfully able to handle adult responsibilities. Some kids are not only expected to attend school and get good grades but they also have to deal with chores, run errands, and act as the man of the house because there is no father around. These kids learn the importance of family early and are often put under more physical and mental stress than the average adolescent is.

Family is the foundation of our society and the father is a major part of the family foundation. Having children scattered across the country doesn’t prove a person’s manhood. A man should love his wife, but if for whatever reason they are unable to stay together, he should not hold his children responsible. A real man would never desert his family. Any guy can have a child but only a real man can be a good father to his child. Many children are negatively effected when there is no father present in the home. A father must provide guidance, support, and love to his children.

The man is also responsible for at least fifty percent of the family income. He should make sure that all of the family’s needs are met. A man is responsible for keeping food in the fridge and clothes on his children’s backs. He has to pay the utility bills, which include, water, electric, gas, the phone, etc. A family needs a good house to live in; therefore the man needs to keep the mortgage paid. The family car has to stay gassed up and in good working order. The car note and the insurance need to be paid. The wife and kids will need health insurance, and so does the house.

Friends are also an important part of family. People cannot lead healthy lives without friends who they trust and are able to confide in. A good man is loyal to his friends. Not only does he hang out with them and go to parties but also he is there for them in times of need. A good friend listens and gives practical advice when it is asked of him. Friends do favors for each other. A real man is a good friend.

If a man expects to financially support his family he must have a career that will allow him to comfortably do so. There are not many options for good employment available to men that don’t have a college education. Most men who do not have a good education must settle for menial labor jobs, which require little skill and education. The average menial labor job pays small wages.

The cost of living is constantly rising and it is harder to support a family with these types of jobs. A man is not defined by what he does or by how much money he makes, but if he cannot earn enough money to handle his responsibilities, he is not a real man. A real man strives to be the best that he can be. An adult male with three children cannot handle his responsibilities with a weekly check from McDonalds unless he is a store manager or a franchise owner. If a person is flipping burgers at thirty-five than they haven’t tried to be the best that they could be.

All of a man’s responsibilities tie in to his obligation to his surrounding community. A person’s community consists of a city or town, state, and country. A man fulfills his duty to his community by successfully carrying out the demands of manhood. A man is expected to be a good citizen. A good man works, pays taxes, and votes. A real a man raises his children to be good citizens as well. A man should respect women. A good man keeps his house in order and helps keep his neighborhood clean. Real man care about the environment and they contribute to society through their work. Men have a lot of responsibilities to take care of in life. It is the real men that handle these responsibilities and emerge as the leaders of society.

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Malcolm defines the kind of man he is, his character, in this excerpt from his conversation with Macduff in Act IV, Scene iii:

[I] scarcely have coveted what was mine own,

At no time broke my faith, would not betray

The devil to his fellow, and delight

No less in truth than life.

Malcolm defines manhood in terms of personal integrity.

For Macduff, however, manhood is a matter of strength and responsibility. When he learns...

Malcolm defines the kind of man he is, his character, in this excerpt from his conversation with Macduff in Act IV, Scene iii:

[I] scarcely have coveted what was mine own,

At no time broke my faith, would not betray

The devil to his fellow, and delight

No less in truth than life.

Malcolm defines manhood in terms of personal integrity.

For Macduff, however, manhood is a matter of strength and responsibility. When he learns his family has been slaughtered, he is overcome by grief. Malcolm tells him to "[d]ispute it like a man." Macduff says he will be strong, but he cannot ignore his feelings: "I must also feel it as a man." Macduff's family was murdered as a result of his opposition to Macbeth, and he takes responsibility for their deaths:

Sinful Macduff,

They were all struck for thee! Naught that I am,

Not for their own demerits but for mine

Fell slaughter on their souls. Heaven rest them now!

Unlike Macduff and Malcolm, Lady Macbeth does not define manhood in terms of very positive traits of character. For her, being a man means being cruel, this idea made plain in her desire to gain masculine traits to replace her own feminine nature:

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! Make thick my blood,

Stop up th' access and passage to remorse

That no compunctious visitings of nature [pity]

Shake my fell [savage] purpose . . . .

Later, she fears that Macbeth will not be cruel enough to follow through with Duncan's murder, and she shows contempt for Macbeth, "so green and pale," when he expresses fear for what they are planning to do.

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