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How accurate do you find Malcolm' s description of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

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How accurate do you find Malcolm' s description of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. In the play, it is easy to understand how Malcolm has misinterpreted 'Macbeth thus dead butcher and his fiend like queen.' We as the audience see a different perspective on the pair; we know them far better than what Malcolm does. From the soliloquy's we hear the expressions of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, these are' t heard by Malcolm. Sometimes these soliloquies give out important information, as did 'Act I scene 7' Lines 1-5. If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well It were done quickly. If th' assassination Could trammel up the consequence and catch With his surcease, success, that but this blow Might be the be-all and end-all-here. From the play we realise that the characters of them both are far more complex that what Malcolm believes. Malcom only sees the surface of their characters. In the play we see how Macbeth' s character fluctuates from being less to more like a butcher, this was the complete opposite for Lady Macbeth. She started off fiend like but later many features of her earlier in the play were not to be seen. At the start of the play I believe that Macbeth is less like a butcher. A butcher is a man who kills animals for profits. In this act it is the butcher whom lacks emotion. The opposite happened at Duncan' s murder. Macbeth was too far from a butcher, he did not think or consider. A major problem for Macbeth was his ambition; this was later to be his tragic flaw. Macbeth realises that he has the chance to be great, but he is not ruthless. A few things sparked Macbeth's ambitions, one of them being crowned the Thane of Cawdor. At the beginning of the play we as the audience see Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as good trustworthy characters, people who make a few ill judgements. ...read more.

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All of this showing she is fiend like. After the Murder of Duncan Macbeth is full of regret, fear, remorse, she is the one who has to take control of things. Macbeth immediately realises that he has done wrong, he even can' t say Amen. This is symbolising that he feels the sin he has done is not forgivable. Macbeth even believes he has murdered innocent sleep. Sleep which is a healing property. Otherwise you become stressed out. 'Macbeth does murder sleep', the innocent sleep, Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care.' Lady Macbeth is scornful; she can not understand why he is so terrified. She is dismissive, a fiend like quality. In Act 3 Scene 3 important things start to happen. Macbeth is starting to compose himself, although not much time has passed. Macbeth leads Macduff to the chamber, in this we don' t get many expressions from Macbeth. Although Macbeth is starting to appear as the leading role between L. Macbeth and himself. Macbeth' s proved this by making an elegant speech. In this speech he showed us that he is capable of deceiving, maybe he might be a butcher. Even more butcher like Macbeth slaughters the guards unnecessarily; he did it without emotions. He said his heart took over his head. With Macbeth' s speech going over the top. L. Macbeth pretends to faint proving that she is still marginally in control. In Act 3 Scene 2, we start to see a major change in the relationship. Macbeth is starting to think about himself. He plans the murders, and is coming more independent by the minute. This is all coming back to Act I Scene 7 where L. Macbeth says Macbeth is coward. Now he feels he has to prove something. Lady Macbeth at this point still thinks Macbeth is brooding over the killing of Duncan. In his speech in this scene it shows that Macbeth is turning to the dark side. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth comes more fiend like than what Macbeth comes across as a Butcher. From the start of the play, Macbeth was not a butcher at all. After Murdering Duncan, Macbeth was disturbed and terrified. After he forgot to place the daggers near the guards. Macbeth dare not go back to the scene 'I'll go no more. I am afraid to think what I have done; Look on't again I dare not. Macbeth also wished of wash his hands of Duncan' s blood, but he believes all of the water in the world would not remove the blood. 'Will all great Neptune' s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand' From this, we can see that Macbeth is very frightened, he immediately regrets killing Duncan. On the other hand Lady Macbeth is cool, calm, and collective. She rationally replies, and goes to the scene and smears the blood all over the guards. This is horrifying; At this point Lady Macbeth was fiend. The last speech in Act 4 Scene 1 is the most brutal speech. He said; The castle of Macduff I will surprise; Seize upon Fife; give to the edge o'th'sword His wife, his babies, and all unfortunate souls. Macbeth totally loses his innocence in this brutal speech. In the first murder, he was perhaps not to blame, but this was just vicious. They both have good reasons for doing what they did. From Malcolm's view, it may be understandable, because he only hears half the side of the story. We as the audience hear their private thoughts. Macbeth becomes a Butcher as the play goes on, while Lady Macbeth was a fiend at the start of the play, but towards the end that was reversed. From Lady Macbeth' s defence she does do the things, she did for the sake of her husband, while Macbeth was following his ambitions. From this, we hear that both of their characters are far too complex to call them a butcher and a fiend. Rishi Chandarana, Mrs Rees-Bidder 7 1 ...read more.

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