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is macbeth a butcher like person

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At the end of the play Malcolm refers to Macbeth "This dead butcher". How for do you agree with this description. Malcolm refers to Macbeth as a "dead butcher". A butcher feels no emotion when hacking, or chopping meat; a butcher may hold a bloody knife, he may relish what he does and has no emotion or regrets, because this is his job. This implies that the manner in which Macbeth has killed is thoughtless. and shows no emotion Malcolm says this at the end of the play when Macbeth has been killed; he makes this statement because Macbeth murdered his father and others. Malcolm has used a metaphor here when describing Macbeth as "this dead butcher". We can hold Macbeth responsible for the physical murders he has done, we can also hold him responsible for the mental killings planned. In order to decide how far I agree with this description I will examine the murders Macbeth is responsible for and his attitude towards them. ...read more.


The seed of ambition has been planted into Macbeths mind soon after when King Duncan makes Malcolm his son, prince of Cumberland, Macbeth starts to think that this is an obstacle in his way, "on which I must fall down or else... for in my way it lies... stars hide your fires, let not light see my block and deep", he implies that murdering Duncan would be like a dream fantasy, he is shocked with what he is thinking. Before the killing of Duncan, Macbeth weighs up the reason for and against, "if I'm going to do it I'd better do it quickly... if my plan goes wrong what ever happens after is worth it... Hosts don't kill their guest, they should protect them... Duncan is a good king it seams unfair to kill him... it all could go wrong and comeback to haunt me, "these are reasons not to kill Duncan or not, he has more reasons not to kill Duncan. ...read more.


The murder he feels sorry and regret. "This is a sorry sight... I'm afraid to think what I have done", metaphorically thinks that he has murdered sleep, here he is not butcher like because he knows what he has done wrong, and feels regret. When Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have a dialogue Shakespeare makes this very jumpy to show how nervous they are, Lady Macbeth "go get some water and wash this filthy witness from your hand". If Macbeth was not married to Lady Macbeth would have committed the murder? Straight after this murder, when Macduff sees the king dead he is afraid to speak of it, "Do not bid me speak, see and than speak your selves". When Macbeth enters along with Lady Macbeth bonquo Donald Bain and Malcolm, Macbeth instantly butcher like kills the two guards who were drugged by Lady Macbeth; he does this so that the guards looked like the ones who killed King Duncan. We cannot say Macbeth is butcher like here because he feels sorry and regret after wards. ...read more.

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