• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In the last scene of Macbeth, Malcolm describes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as " This dead butcher and his fiend like Queen" - Is this fair?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

In the last scene of Macbeth, Malcolm describes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as " This dead butcher and his fiend like Queen." Is this fair? All the way through the story of Macbeth, he is shown from the first kill to the last, as an evil and disturbed man. He has obviously been taken over by the opportunity for supreme power and murder has taken over his mind. Lady Macbeth is shown as the persuader and the one who turned Macbeth into the evil man that he ends the story as. During the story, although Lady Macbeth was at the helm of the treason act, her conscience catches up with her and in the end she commits suicide, as she can take no more. ...read more.

Middle

If you think about it though, Macbeth was under a huge amount of pressure. Before his encounter with the witches, Macbeth was shown to be a great warrior who defended his country with his life. If it hadn't of been for the witches encounter, Macbeth may have gone on to receive a great title without being greedy and killing to become King. He had already become Thane of Cawdor before he killed Duncan; he could have stayed with this, as it was a great achievement in itself. But the persuasion of the witches and his wife was too much to handle and the hunger for power took over him. ...read more.

Conclusion

He acted very shocked after all the murders had taken place as if he knew nothing about them and was as upset as everyone else had. Without these qualities, Macbeth would have been caught a lot earlier. Lady Macbeth was a key part of Macbeth's treason act. She was the one who persuaded him to kill Duncan. If Macbeth had resisted this persuasion, none of the murders would have happened. But Lady Macbeth paid the price. Her conscience caught up with her and punished her for her evilness and in the end drove her to suicide (page 175, the doctor reports to Macbeth that his wife has taken her own life). Overall, I think the pair fully deserved the names Malcolm called them and that they both deserved to die in the ways that they did. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. "This dead butcher and his fiend like queen" How far do you agree with ...

    He also contemplates Heaven and Hell, and that if he killed Duncan then there would be a tremendous outcry from Heaven. This is because of the Divine right of succession and he knows that if he kills Duncan then this will be disrupted.

  2. "This dead butcher and his fiend-like Queen" Is this a fair assessment of Macbeth ...

    hath/ made me bold;" showing that in order for her to stomach, and play and part in the murder of Duncan she had to gain some 'Dutch-courage' from alcohol. However she is soon, whether owing to alcohol or not back to the strength in the Macbeths' partnership; taking the knives

  1. At the end of the play Malcolm refers to this dead butcher and his ...

    This tells us that really he is quite noble and knows its wrong to kill Family and the king as well as the fact that he thinks Duncan is a good man. He ends it with saying that his only incentive is Ambition, and so, decides not to kill Duncan after all.

  2. In the tragedy of 'Macbeth', explore the ways in which Shakespeare presents Macbeth and ...

    Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor All hail Macbeth! That shalt be King hereafter (Act I Scene III) Macbeth receives this information with disbelief - he reminds the witches that he is already Thane of Glamis and unaware at this point of the Thane of Cawdor's treachery.

  1. "This dead butcher and his fiend-like queen"Is this a fair assessment of Macbeth and ...

    She starts taunting him and makes him think that he is a coward; "Was the hope drunk/ Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?/Wouldst thou have that/ Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life,/ And live a coward in thine own esteem,/ Like the poor cat I'th'adage?"(I.vii.35-44)

  2. "This dead butcher and his fiend like queen", is the way in which Malcolm ...

    That pushes (and almost forces) Macbeth to attain the kingship by any and all means necessary. When she finishes reading the letter he sent her (Act 1 scene 5). She is sure that Macbeth "shall be what" he is "promised".

  1. 'This dead butcher and his fiend-like queen.' How far is this a fair ...

    I do not think they are the words of a man who feels no remorse for the act he has committed. Macbeth feels guilt to the point of illusion: he sees the image of the dagger taunting him and later the ghost of 'blood-bolted Banquo' (Act 4 scene 1, line 123)

  2. "This dead butcher and his fiend like queen", is the way in which Malcolm ...

    This is also evident in his terrible dreams which gives the solid theme that he has indeed "murdered sleep". Throughout the play we see the character of Macbeth change not from just the way he thinks and what we hear from the play, but from the actions he takes in

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work