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“this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen.” - How accurate in your opinion is this description of the characters or Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?

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Macbeth At the end of the play, Malcolm says of Macbeth and his wife, "this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen." -5.9.35 How accurate in your opinion is this description of the characters or Macbeth and Lady Macbeth? I feel that it is difficult to decide whether or not Malcolm is right when he says this because we need to understand the intense emotional struggle that Macbeth underwent before his arranged murder of Duncan. There is not simply one way of viewing Macbeth's character, so it is hard to agree or disagree with what Malcolm says here. However, we can still gain an insight into the mind of Macbeth and judge whether or not he is simply a "butcher" as Malcolm accuses him of being. We first meet Macbeth after he has won a battle against the Norwegians. Thanks to his bravery and audacity, his side has won. The captain says: "For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name), Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel, Which smoked with bloody execution, Like Valour's ...read more.


As praise for Macbeth spreads throughout the country, Macbeth may feel a thirst for more power - it may encourage him to believe that kingship is a possibility. As the play progresses further, Macbeth struggles more and more with his conscience. We are given a chance to learn more about what is going on in his mind: "My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man, that function Is smothered in surmise, and nothing is, But what is not." Macbeth reveals that he has already contemplated the murder of Duncan. However, he is ashamed to think that he has considered it, and he attempts to put it out of his mind, yet his hunger for power tells him to kill the king. What leads to the eventual downfall of Macbeth is his own mind. After being crowned Thane of Cawdor, he realises that the prospect of becoming king is very real, and once the idea of murder has been placed in his mind, he cannot forget about it. ...read more.


If this is not the case, she would surely respect her husband's decision not to kill Duncan. When it comes to the issue of deciding whether or not I agree with Malcolm when he says: "this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen." I think it is important to take these factors into account. I do not agree with what Malcolm says of Macbeth. My own opinion is that Macbeth was led to murder Duncan by factors which were beyond his control. We know that he was a loyal, heroic character on the battlefield, and he deserved the title "Thane of Cawdor". As a result of the witches' prophecies, he became thirsty for more and more power, but for the most part he was able to fight his desire to be king. I feel that it was because of Lady Macbeth that Macbeth killed King Duncan. In my opinion I think that Lady Macbeth used her husband's ambition to be king to manipulate him so that she would eventually become Queen. Therefore I do believe that Lady Macbeth is "fiend-like". ...read more.

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