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At the end of the play, Malcolm labels Macbeth and his wife as a dead butcher and his fiend like wife. How far do you think this reflects the couple?

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Macbeth Summary Macbeth has just become king but Banquo is suspicious of him. Banquo and Macbeth talk together and Macbeth asks Banquo if he is going riding. He asks for specific details. It transpires that he will be riding with his son. The audience know that Macbeth wishes to kill Banquo and his son as they are a threat to his throne. Macbeth arranges the murder of the pair. Macbeth holds a banquet. At the banquet, he is informed of Banquo's murder and Fleance's escape. At the banquet, Macbeth sees Banquo's ghost. His guests are disturbed as they can not see this ghost. Lady Macbeth tries to reassure their guests and she belittles Macbeth by questioning his masculinity. The guests leave and Macbeth plans to visit the witches for some advice. Finally, we hear that Macduff has fled to England. Macbeth visits the witches. They tell him that he will be alright as long as the woods do not move. ...read more.

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But Macbeth brings himself power by force. Macbeth brings destruction to Scotland therefore, Malcolm labels Macbeth and his wife as a 'dead butcher and his fiend like wife.' I believe this quote has some truth in it because at the end of the day, Macbeth did murder Duncan and Banquo. In order to secure his power, he kills Macduff's wife and son and all the people in the Castle. At this point, he is a "butcher" for Lady Macbeth as she was the one to persuade Macbeth to kill Duncan. In my opinion, it is not a fair comment for Lady Macbeth as she is not evil at all times. Though she seems to be weird, she shows her fear which is a projection of her guilt. Lady Macbeth cannot kill Duncan because she sees her own father in Duncan. She says, "Had he not resembled my father as he slept I hadn't done't". ...read more.

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There are also other reasons which do contribute to the change of Macbeth, such as his wife whose ambition is very strong at first and is much stronger mentally than Macbeth. It is also Macbeth's trust in the witches which ultimately change him. Even Lady Macbeth is no longer there to support him. Macbeth gives himself a tragic ending which in my opinion, he deserves. If he were to withstand the temptation and not allow his evilness to take control of him, he would not have had such shocking ending. In conclusion, the "dead butcher and his fiend-like queen" is partly a fair comment on the characters of the Macbeths. It's fair to say at the end but they are not like this all the way through the play. Lady Macbeth is to be sympathized but I don't think Macbeth should be. He had respect and power but had an awful downfall due to his uncontrolled ambition and temptation. ?? ?? ?? ?? George Wright Willow 10 ...read more.

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