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Do you agree with Malcolm’s description of Macbeth being a “butcher” and Lady Macbeth a “fiend-like Queen”?

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Do you agree with Malcolm's description of Macbeth being a "butcher" and Lady Macbeth a "fiend-like Queen"? Malcolm made the remark "This dead-like butcher and his fiend like queen," when he was crowned as the King of Scotland after Macbeth's reign of terror. It then becomes a question of the fairness of this remark, whether or not Macbeth was really a "butcher" and whether Lady Macbeth a "fiend like Queen." In some ways, Macbeth would have fitted the description of being a "butcher," after all, he had taken the lives of many people, and some of them were even his close associates. The assassination of Duncan, the King, came as a surprise to everyone, but this was Macbeth's way of achieving his ambition as ruler. As he says, "I have done the deed" to Lady Macbeth He also murdered Banquo (who was his best friend), for two different reasons. The first was the witches' thoughts and prophecies, which predicted that Banquo's son was to become King, and secondly, there was a sense that Banquo had his suspicions about the assassin of the King, Duncan. Acting under the name of fear, Macbeth slaughtered Lady Macduff and her son , due to the influence of the prophecies made by ...read more.

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He was still worried about the prophecies made by the witches, and to an extent the murder of Lady Macduff is some strong evidence of Macbeth acting out his fear that the prophecies of the witches was to become true. Although Malcolm describes Macbeth as a butcher, in reality, Macbeth was not entirely a butcher. Evidence suggests that Macbeth was lost in his mind and the witches prophecies, or maybe, curses too. The fact that he had to undergo a change from being a "worthy gentlemen" to a "dead like butcher" seemed to be caused by the witches and Macbeth's personal ambition. Lady Macbeth is often described as one of the most powerful female characters in the play, as a dominating and hard working wife, who pushes her husband. There is much evidence to suggest that Lady Macbeth is a "fiend like queen," (a devil-like ,heartless, evil murderous women.) It shows the fact that she seems to be lacking in humanity, because she calls upon the, "Spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here." When she was trying to persuade, or many believe, to command, Macbeth to commit the murder that she would have, "Plucked my nipple from his (her baby's) ...read more.

Conclusion

The second is that she's very ambitious to become queen, even more so than Macbeth is to become King. Lady Macbeth may have been described as a "fiend like queen" by Malcolm, and may have been a fiend (evil woman) to an extent, that she manipulated her husband into doing the deeds that he has done. Which may have been against Macbeth's own will. She also seemed to have accused her own husband of being a coward, showing that she is a coward as well. But also, showing that she could fit the description as a "fiend." However, she is not what we would call a purely evil person, nor lacking humanity, because she, is after all, a woman, whose instinct still remains with her, despite what she had done. She was also washed over by guilt, and became mentally disturbed, even before Macbeth. Overall, the remarks made by Malcolm may have their justifications, as to an extent, both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are a pair, a "butcher and his fiend queen." However, to an extent these justifications may not fit either Macbeth or Lady Macbeth, as they have had their own humanity within them, as if the "butcher" and "fiend" were just a part of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth's shadow. By Nigel Baker ...read more.

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