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"At the end of the play, Malcolm describes Lady Macbeth as Macbeth's "fiend - like queen." To what extent do you agree with this?"

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"At the end of the play, Malcolm describes Lady Macbeth as Macbeth's "fiend - like queen." To what extent do you agree with this?" In Macbeth, Malcolm's description of Lady Macbeth being Macbeth's "fiend like queen" is justified to a large extent. There are many occurrences that portray Lady Macbeth in this way. A fiend can be described as a wicked or very cruel person, or one who stirs up trouble. This trait is applicable to Lady Macbeth, who is only concerned about her future and has her own interests at heart. On many occasions Lady Macbeth portrays her fiend-like traits, especially when plotting to kill Duncan, framing the servants after he is killed, and also when she fails to stop Macbeth from killing Banquo. While Macbeth is loyal to his king and exhibits a high sense of duty and morality, his wife Lady Macbeth's disloyalty to the king and her scornful bullying nature towards Macbeth shows us that she is immoral enough to use her feminine wiles to persuade Macbeth to murder his king without any remorse for this unlawful and unholy act. ...read more.

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Be so much more the man nor time nor place". The fact that Lady Macbeth tries to convince Macbeth of committing such a dreadful act when he is having doubts shows her as having fiendish like traits which are unbecoming of a queen. Another instance where Lady Macbeth comes off as being fiendish is just after Duncan's murder when she takes the bloody daggers away from Macbeth, wipes the blood onto the unsuspecting and slumbering servants and leaves the daggers at their sides. She does this without any feeling of guilt. When Macbeth shows his remorse for killing Duncan and fears about being exposed, Lady Macbeth seems scornful of his inability to accept that his innate nature for ambition can and will override loyalty and honesty. This is shown in the quote from Act Two, Scene Two: "A little water clears us of this deed: How easy it is then!" ...read more.

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However Lady Macbeth could also be described as a tragic hero, because although she was fiendish, she did feel remorse at the end of the play which resulted with her taking her own life, as she could no longer live with the guilt of committing the evil deeds that she had done. In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is given the title "fiend like queen" because there are numerous occasions where she reveals her fiend like characteristics such as when she conspires with Macbeth to kill the king, frame the humble servants and not dissuade Macbeth from killing Banquo. However, in a different light, Lady Macbeth could be viewed as a tragic hero. Towards the end of the play Lady Macbeth feels so much remorse that she goes insane and commits suicide. This is because she feels so quilt-ridden that she becomes tragically insane. Therefore Malcolm's description of Lady Macbeth being Macbeth's fiend like queen is acceptable to a certain degree. ?? ?? ?? ?? Name: Rohan Lafosse Teacher: Mrs Yeow Date: 3/Feburary 2006 English/Drama Coursework Final Draft ...read more.

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