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his wife as "..this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen.." (V, 9, 36). Do you think Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are equally villainous? Explain you thoughts in detail.

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Introduction

In Act 5 Scene 9, Malcolm refers to the Macbeth as 'this dead butcher' and his 'fiend-like queen'. How accurate and assessment do you believe this to be? Discuss with reference to Macbeth or Lady Macbeth. "This dead butcher" is not an accurate description of Macbeth. Macbeth did not give an impression of a "butcher" since he was affected by the death of Duncan. He had contemplated on the positive and negative points about killing Duncan before he committed the act of treason. However his ambition to be king and Lady Macbeth's persuasiveness and mocking had overridden his sense and logic which caused him to commit this crime. He was consumed by guilt and regret the minute after he killed Duncan. Macbeth had not intended to murder Duncan at all. He was described as someone admirable and brave since the book stated he was called 'brave Macbeth'. He fought for King Duncan in the civil war and fought gallantly and honourably on the battlefield. ...read more.

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When the prospect of murder crossed his mind as a way to obtain the title, he heart was beating hard from fear. He was appalled by the direction of his thoughts yet he wanted the crown. Being unsure of his own motives, he balanced the positive and negative points of murder. He thought Duncan a kinsman and great king and wise ruler and also being his cousin, he saw no reason to murder Duncan but his ambition. "To prick the sides of my intent, but only/ Vaulting ambition which o'erleaps itself' tells us that he knows his ambition is the only reason to murder Duncan yet he wants the crown. King Duncan is depended upon by the people to hack down rebels and for other important purposes. 'This Duncan/ Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been/ So clear in his great office, that his virtues/ Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued against/ The deep damnation of his taking off' proves that Duncan maintained his duties as king well and people who serve him respect and love him therefore if he were be dead, the effect on the country and people would be devastating. ...read more.

Conclusion

'God bless us!' and 'Amen' the other,/ As they had seen me with these hangman's hands./ List'ning their fear, I could not say 'Amen'/ When they did say 'God bless us' meaning that Macbeth realized he could not say a word of religion. He had also 'murdered sleep' when he had murdered Duncan. Macbeth believed he had done a horrible deed that he will not be able to sleep when he said 'Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor/ Shall sleep no more: Macbeth shall sleep no more'. He believed that he was so consumed by guilt that nothing will make him pure and clean again. Macbeth cannot be described as 'the dead butcher' since he had contemplated on the fact that Duncan did not deserve to be murdered for his ambition but had been pressurized and mocked by his wife to the point where he had to kill Duncan. Also, he felt shame and guilt during the act of murder and regret after he had committed the crime. If Macbeth were a 'butcher' as Malcolm had called him, Macbeth should not have felt any emotion during or after the murder. ...read more.

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