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At the end of the play Malcolm refers to Lady Macbeth as a “fiend- like queen.” Is this an accurate interpretation of the character?

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At the end of the play Malcolm refers to Lady Macbeth as a "fiend- like queen." Is this an accurate interpretation of the character? I do not think that this statement of is an accurate interpretation of Lady Macbeth. I can see why some people would agree with the statement however. Lady Macbeth has a great insight into Macbeth's character. She knows that Macbeth wants to become king, but he wants to achieve this fairly. She will help him to become king by pushing him: "That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false. And yet wouldst wrongly win;" Lady Macbeth shows the reader that she is not a "fiend- like queen." Fiends are evil. If lady Macbeth were a fiend she wouldn't have to call on the evil spirits to give her strength to plot the murder of Duncan. ...read more.

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She knows his character very well. She tricks him again into feeling sorry for her: "Was the hope drunk, Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?" Lady Macbeth shows the reader that she has a conscience. She says that she would have done the deed herself but Duncan resembles her father as he sleeps: "Had he not resembled, My father as he slept, I had done't- my husband." Again lady Macbeth shows a sign of nervousness. If Lady Macbeth were a 'fiend' she would not get nervous, she wouldn't have a conscience. "It was the owl that shrieked." Lady Macbeth shows that she is 'fiend- like' because she takes the daggers back to the bedchamber and smears the blood over the chamberlain's faces with Duncan's blood. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth is gentle and soft here. She is telling Macbeth to be clam and happy unfront of the guests tonight: "Come on; Gentle my lord, sleek over your rugged looks; Be bright and jovial among you guests tonight." Towards the end of the play Lady Macbeth becomes the weaker of the two characters. Macbeth regains his courage and takes control by organising Banquo and Fleances death. He kept this to himself, without telling Lady Macbeth. This is a huge shift in behaviour from Lady Macbeth. She knows that Macbeth is keeping something from her and she doesn't care. I think that Malcolm's description of lady Macbeth is not entirely accurate. Malcolm is at a disadvantage in comparison to the reader because he doesn't hear Lady Macbeth's soliloquy's. These soliloquies's show the reader who and what she really is. But there are some parts in the play that show she is 'fiend- like.' Duncan Macaulay 12'7 ...read more.

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