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At the end of the play Malcolm refers to Macbeth "this dead butcher". How for do you agree with this description? As we know Malcolm refers to Macbeth as a dead butcher. This could be defined as a butcher feels no emotion when hacking, or chopping meat; a butcher may hold a bloody knife bloody, he may relish what he does and has no emotion or regrets, because this is his job. This implies that the manner in which Macbeth has killed is thoughtless, and shows no emotion when killing. When referring back to the quotation, Malcolm says this at the end of the play when Macbeth has been killed, makes this statement because Macbeth had killed his father. Malcolm has used a metaphor here when describing Macbeth as "this dead butcher". Although we can hold Macbeth responsible for all the physical murders he has done, we can also hold him responsible for the entire mental killing he has done, because he has planned to kill. At the beginning of the play we hear about Macbeth before we see him, he is referred to as a brave, bloody, valiant fighter. He is deemed as a hero by his king and soldiers, "for brave Macbeth well he deserves that name", this tells us audience that Macbeth is a good and loyal warrior. ...read more.


Before the killing of Duncan Macbeth weighs up the reasons for and against "if I'm going to do it I'd better do it quickly... if my plan goes wrong what ever happens afterward is worth it", here Macbeth is weighing the reason to kill the king. "Hosts don't kill their guest, they should protect them... Duncan is a good king it seams unfair to kill him... it all could go wrong and comeback to haunt me,'' these are reasons he has weighed up the reasons not to kill him. Macbeth is having a fight within' himself whether to kill Duncan or not but has more reasons not to contribute to the killing of Duncan, because he is a good king. At the end of his monolog he has decided that this is only his ambition motivating him and decides to proceed no further in the business, but Lady Macbeth holds him to his vow to kill Duncan, telling him that "I have given suck, and know ...How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me...I would, while it was smiling in my face...And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this.", and refers to him as a coward. ...read more.


"Ride you this afternoon?... is't for you ride?... fail not our feast". Whilst in this dialogue Macbeth is very deceitful, the fears Banquo because he was also there when the prophecy was said that Macbeth shall be King and Banquo has all the good qualities Macbeth had at the beginning of the play but since has lost, Banquo reminds Macbeth of who he was nobility and loyalty. This time Macbeth does not need to be cohurst by lady Macbeth instead he tells her to be "innocent of the knowledge, derest chuck, till thou applaud the deed", this shows that this time he has totally acted on his own King of Scotland is nothing if people one suspicious of him even though he his King now he stated to himself "to be thus is nothing but to be safely thus, our fears in Banquo stick deep and in his royalty in nature in his signs that which would feard", he explains in this soliloquy that being king of Scotland is nothing if people are suspicious of him. However this time Macbeth is not going to commit the murder himself he is going to his murderers to do it, he makes them believe that Banquo held them back "both you know Banquo was your enemy... so is he mine ...read more.

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