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Is Lady Macbeth a Fiend-like queen?

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Is Lady Macbeth a "Fiend-like queen?" By Dylan Murphy Macbeth is a play set in the 12th century, which focuses on the trials and tribulations of Macbeth a Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth plays a huge part in a plan to kill the current King, Duncan. She plans to kill him so her and her husband can be King and Queen. The term "fiend-like queen" comes from Malcolm, one of King Duncan's sons. At this time, women were in a very poor position. Her plan is very ambitious because men were seen as mentally and physically stronger than women. Furthermore, if a Monarch (King or Queen), was killed, it was seen as a terrible sin. A Shakespearean audience would have been horrified at the plot. They would have seen it as a crime against God. However, Lady Macbeth isn't completely "fiend-like" as we see later in the play, when the time to murder the King arrives. When we deeply examine Lady Macbeth in Act 1, Scene 5, it is very clear Lady Macbeth is definitely "fiend-like." Firstly, she speaks about the character and nature of her husband, Macbeth, in her soliloquy. She says he isn't strong enough to take the throne. He I s too full of inner goodness: "too full o' th' milk of human kindness. ...read more.


This is more proof that she is a "fiend-like queen." The audience would have been disgusted and gob-smacked at Lady Macbeth being so nice to the person she is planning to kill. In Act 1, Scene 7, Macbeth himself is weighing up the pros and cons of killing Duncan. He has his doubts about the plan: "return to plague th' inventor." This means that the deed would rebound on the person who started it. The punishment in his mind would be inevitable. Also, Macbeth says Duncan has been good to him. Lady Macbeth enters. Macbeth is a little on edge: "Hath he asked for me?" he thinks Duncan is getting suspicious. Macbeth then reveals he isn't going to proceed with the murderous deed: "We will proceed no further in this business." She erupts in anger at Macbeth saying: "Was the hope drunk wherein you dressed yourself?" She asks if Macbeth was drunk when he gave his permission to go along with the plan. She then teases Macbeth: "and live a coward." This, in her mind, was supposed to change his mind. Also, she questions his masculinity: "be so much more of a man." He would be manlier if he committed the murder. Then, the possibility of failing arises. ...read more.


She begins speaking: "out damned spot, out I say!" she is washing her hands and thinks she sees a spot of Duncan's blood on her hand. She goes on to speak of the murders of Duncan, Lady Macduff, and unknown to him, the death of Banquo. The Doctor is unsure what she is talking about. Finally, the Doctor says she needs a priest rather than a Doctor: "The disease is beyond my practice." The Gentlewoman is told to keep an eye on Lady Macbeth and the Doctor leaves. The audience would have seen her as completely changed. She now has nightmares about the murderous deed committed. To conclude, I thought at the beginning of the play that she was a "fiend-like queen". But as I read on, I saw her change momentarily and then go back to her old ways. But by the end, she was having nightmares and finally at the end of the play throws herself off the top of the castle. She couldn't live with the guilt and killed herself. Macbeth was in mid-battle at this point and was eventually killed by Macduff, There is no happy ending for the Macbeths. I think that she was completely and utterly "fiend-like" because of the plan and the constant taunting of Macbeth. Also, she was very two-faced and fraudulent. That is my decision. She was a "fiend-like queen." ...read more.

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