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

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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.


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.


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.

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