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Lady Macbeth is a 'Fiend like Queen' Discuss.

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Lady Macbeth is a 'Fiend like Queen' Discuss This essay will discuss the arguments for and against why Lady Macbeth is a 'fiend like queen.' The definition of fiend is someone who has an evil spirit, a person who is a cruel, brutal or spiteful person and is extremely wicked. This essay will attempt to discuss if lady Macbeth exhibits these characteristics, it will also explore the downfall of lady Macbeth and how she changes from being a powerful woman to a weak and unstable woman. The description of Lady Macbeth as a 'Fiend like queen' is taken from the last scene of the play. Lady Macbeth is a cold hearted and evil person this is shown in these areas. 'Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts! Unsex me here, and Fill me from the crown to the toe top full of direst cruelty' Lady Macbeth is asking evil spirits to join her because she knows she will need evil power and it is not naturally in her. This is a stereotypical view of lady Macbeth; the views of lady Macbeth have changed. This would have disturbed the Jacobean audience because they believed in the supernatural. This shows she is malignant because she wants evil powers. The point suggests Lady Macbeth is calm and has everything in control. 'Look th' innocent flower but Be the serpent under't' In this metaphor, Lady Macbeth says to Macbeth do not look obvious be sly. ...read more.


' My hands are of your colour: but I shame To wear a heart so white ' Lady Macbeth is expressing that my hands are full of blood, but I am not afraid about what has happened. This proves she is a 'fiend like queen' because she is not concerned about the murder of King Duncan. The point evokes that Lady Macbeth is a sly and cunning person. ' I may pour my spirits in thine ear' Lady Macbeth is saying she is going to poison Macbeth with these nasty thoughts so he will in the end listen to her. This proves she is a sly and cunning person because she is putting nasty thoughts in his mind for example to kill King Duncan. Also there are instances in the play that Lady Macbeth exhibits human qualities one of the points is towards the end of the play in the sleep walking scene ' All the perfumes of Arabia will not Sweeten this little hand ' Lady Macbeth uses hyperbole and she emphasises the enormity of her guilt, this echoes when Macbeth says 'Sleep no more' the state of mind Macbeth is enough. This shows her downfall because she starts to speak in prose this proves she is weak, unstable and losing her mind. The point notify's that lady Macbeth is now feeling guilty about the murder of King Duncan. ...read more.


' My hands are of your colour: but I shame to wear a heart so white.' When everyone found out King Duncan was dead and Macbeth chops the guard's head of, Lady Macbeth fainted to get the attention away from Macbeth this shows that Lady Macbeth is clever and a quick thinker, also Lady Macbeth had not planned for that to happen. Macbeth is becoming more self-minded and more powerful. Lady Macbeth is not powerful with out Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is feeling less powerful and guiltier. I also think Lady Macbeth is not a 'fiend like queen' because towards the end of the play Lady Macbeth is feeling guilty and Macbeth is feeling more powerful. Lady Macbeth has a human side of her because she cannot kill King Duncan because he has her father's features. Lady Macbeth starts to sleepwalk and says the badness will not sweeten because there is not enough perfume. ' All the perfumes of Arabia, will not sweeten this little hand ', also she is feeling extremely guilty and says she can wash the blood off her hands, but it will not cleanse the blood off. And she dies because of the guilt, this shows her downfall we know this because in act 5 scene 1 she starts to speak in prose also when she dies Macbeth is not bothered she has died he says she was going to die one day anyway. ...read more.

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