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In the play, "Macbeth," written by William Shakespeare, Malcolm describes Macbeth as a "butcher" and Lady Macbeth as "his fiend-like queen" and although this description is accurate at some points in the play, it was the persuasive

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Macbeth - Essay Plan Malcolm describes Macbeth as a "butcher" and Lady Macbeth as his "fiend-like queen". Do you agree? Butcher - someone who kills cruelly or needlessly Fiend-like - an evil spirit or a cruel person. Contention Macbeth was a "butcher", however he became that way as a result of Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth was a fiend-like queen whose evilness declined after the murders. In the end of the play, however, Macbeth's transformation was complete and he was a butcher. Main Body Topic 1 Macbeth's transition from good to evil by Lady Macbeth: � Ambition was his only reason for killing the king - "I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition" � Lady Macbeth convinced him to kill the King - Accused Macbeth of being a "coward", questions his "love" for her and his manliness "be so much more the man". � Macbeth becomes a "butcher" when he no longer needs Lady Macbeth - says that Lady Macbeth should "be innocent of ...read more.

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The evil deeds of Lady Macbeth, however, drove her into a state of insanity and in the end forced her to kill herself, unlike Macbeth who died fighting even when he knew that he would die. The transition of Macbeth, from good to evil, occurred as a result of Duncan's murder, a feat which he was cunningly convinced to do by his evil wife Lady Macbeth. Originally the only reason Macbeth saw to kill Duncan was ambition, "I have no spur / To prick the sides of my intent but only / Vaulting ambition" especially given the fact that he had brought `golden opinions from all sorts of people". Moments before the murder of Duncan Macbeth tells his wife that they would "proceed no further" in the murder. When responding to this the power and wickedness of Lady Macbeth is truly shown as she accuses Macbeth of being a "coward", questions his "love" for he and his manliness "be so much more the man" in order to persuade him to kill Duncan, allowing her to become queen. ...read more.

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This is evident when he say "from this moment, / The very firstlings of my heart shall be / The firstlings of my hand". Macbeth's cruel temperament is also made clear by the end of the play when even though he knows that he will die he asks himself "why should I play the Roman fool, and die / On mine own sword? Whiles I see lives, the gashes / Do better upon them." The changes in the character of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are shown throughout the play of "Macbeth" and so when Malcolm describes Macbeth as a "butcher" and Lady Macbeth as his "fiend-like queen" although at some point in the play they were, Macbeth became the way he was as a result of Lady Macbeth's evilness, which in turn caused he to go insane. Given this, the description of the two characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth ware in many ways accurate and so they truly did deserve to be known as the terrible people they were. ...read more.

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