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In the closing scene of "Macbeth", Malcolm refers to Lady Macbeth as "a fiend-like queen." Do you agree with Malcolm,

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Macbeth In the closing scene of "Macbeth", Malcolm refers to Lady Macbeth as "a fiend-like queen." Do you agree with Malcolm, or do you think she is not as evil as he depicts? I cannot fully agree or disagree with Malcolm's proposal that she is a "fiend". A fiend is a very inhumane depraved person, I not agree that she is this wicked but there is clear evidence to suggest that she is evil, as Malcolm makes her out to be. But there is also evidence in a few key scenes to show that she is not as evil as Malcolm makes her out to be but she is still not a pleasant person, and in order to evaluate her character I will have to look at these the key scenes, in which she appears. The first scene she appears in is Act 1: scene 5. Lady Macbeth receives a letter from her husband and is obviously very excited by the news and immediately decides that Macbeth shall become king: "Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be what thou art promis'd" Her reaction suggests that she is extremely ambitious woman and she doesn't hesitate at what glory can come out of this for Macbeth and her. ...read more.


In this scene Lady Macbeth is at her most ruthless and is a very depraved person. In Act 2: scene 2 we see a different side to Lady Macbeth, she is very anxious and concerned in case Macbeth gets caught and she is worried about the consequences. Her reaction would suggest that she has still a bit of humanity in her and this is reinforced when she says, "Had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done it" However, regardless of these revelations, Lady Macbeth is still portrayed in this scene as scheming and very strong willed. She keeps him clam as Macbeth goes to pieces. She chastises him for feeling guilty and tells him not to dwell upon the deed: "These deeds must not be thought after these ways; so, it will make us mad" so Malcolm's conclusion that she is a "fiend" is not entirely true. In Act 2: scene 3 Lady Macbeth plays a minor role. Duncan's body has been discovered, along with Macbeth, she pretends to be shocked, "Woe, alas! ...read more.


In Act 5: scene 1 there is a lot of evidence to contradict Malcolm's prediction, that she is a "fiend like queen." Since the first time we saw Lady Macbeth in Act 1: scene 5 she is a totally different person, she has lost control; her sanity has left her, she isn't very stable she totally broke down, this isn't a sign of a bad woman if she was she wouldn't have lost all her sanity and went on to kill herself. So this is putting a question mark over Malcolm's prophecy and judgement. Lady Macbeth's gentlewoman and the doctor make his audience aware of what has happened to her. Her "ramblings" and her performance suggest that she has suffered emotional disorder. She continually refers to the aftermath of Duncan's murder. "Yet who would have thought the old man to have much blood in him" It is as if she is reliving the urgency of that night and this is intensified in the line, "To bed, to bed, there's a knocking at the gate" So in conclusion I cannot support Malcolm's statement, though I can appreciate how a son whose father has been brutally murdered must have this personal opinion of her. Damon Teague ...read more.

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