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At the end of the play Malcolm describes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as "... this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen." To what extent would you agree with him? You may write about one of both of the characters

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At the end of the play Malcolm describes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as "... this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen." To what extent would you agree with him? You may write about one of both of the characters To start you need to think what does Malcolm mean by this description. He means by butcher that Macbeth has killed many people, like a butcher chops up meat, and obviously Macbeth is dead. I think this is quite true of Macbeth in some ways. From when the witches meet with Macbeth for the first time things start to go awry. Macbeth wants to become king after what the witches say. They state three prophecies and two of them come true. He thinks that because the other two came true the third must come true as well. When he understands Malcolm has been put, as heir to the throne Macbeth can see that the third prophesy doesn't look like it is going to come true so he decides to do something. He meddles in the evil of the witches and tries desperately to make the third prophesy come true. I think the only reason why he does this is because he wants to be king more than anything even if he has to kill someone along the way. Because he wants this so much he destroys his reputation as a good warrior but hides the fact that he is plotting to kill Duncan. ...read more.


He sees this dagger because he is under so much pressure and his mind is making him see things. The dagger points towards Duncan's room urging him to go on when Macbeth looks closer he sees blood on the handle, this is because of what he is about to do. Then Macbeth talks to himself trying to make himself evil enough to kill Duncan. When the bell rings he goes. "I go, and it is done. The bell invites me. Hear it not Duncan for it is knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell." Banquo becomes suspicious of Macbeth so Lady Macbeth and Macbeth plan to murder Banquo. In the final soliloquy Macbeth again argues with himself whether or not to kill Banquo. He knows he will have to kill Banquo because he might tell people what he knows about Macbeth. He says how Banquo has a noble spirit and would always do the right thing. But Macbeth is talking about his future. He has sold his soul to the devil and he knows killing a king is bad enough but killing a friend is worse. He knows he is never going to be at peace and eternal damnation lies ahead of him. "Only for them, and mine eternal jewel Given to the common enemy of man" He isn't happy when he isn't king and when he becomes king he still isn't happy. ...read more.


"My hands are of your colour, but I shame To wear a heart so white." I don't think she understands how Macbeth is feeling at this time in the play. I think this is when "fiend-like" suits her best as at this pert of the play she is sly and evil. During the 'sleepwalking' scene you can really understand what Lady Macbeth is thinking as it is her subconscious mind that is speaking and you can find out a great deal from this scene. You seem shocked as she is usually is such control. She talks about trying to wash the blood off her hands - you can draw from this that she is affected by the murder of Duncan. She also remembers calling Macbeth a coward, because she encouraged him into killing Duncan she feels partially responsible. She smells her hands and says she smells blood and when she says, "Arabia will not sweeten this little hand" she is taking pity on herself. There are some echoes of Macbeth hen he was describing when he couldn't wash the blood off his hands and if he tried to wash it off in the ocean the ocean would turn to red blood instead. I think Malcolm was correct to describe Lady Macbeth as a "fiend-like queen". I think she fits this description better than Macbeth fits his- "dead butcher". She is very evil and encourages Macbeth to commit the murders and if you noticed she never had anything to do with the actual murder, just the organisation. - 1 - Emma Gregory ...read more.

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