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Lady Macbeth is a fiend like queen.

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"Lady Macbeth is a fiend like queen." I agree that lady Macbeth is a fiend like queen, as Malcolm describes her in Act five, scene nine, line thirty-five. A definition for Fiend-like is evil, wicked or villainous. She starts out as a villain, who is capable of evil. However, as Macbeth grows more evil and ruthless, she sees that her ways were wrong. Her evil ways are revealed when she receives a letter from her husband. I see from the letter that Macbeth treats her as an equal, "My dearest partner of greatness", and that he is pleased to tell her of the prophecy, from the three witches, that she will become queen. At this point of Act 1 scene 5, there is no mention of murder. After reading the letter, Lady Macbeth in a soliloquy thinks about Macbeth being too compassionate to make his ambition become reality. We see her malicious determination and that she wishes he could be more ruthless and callous. She goes on to wonder if Macbeth is "too full o' th' milk of humane kindness". ...read more.


make her feel less feminine, and more masculine, as to give her the sense that she is competent enough to fulfill her plan. It could also be said that she was just trying to surprise Macbeth into realizing how determined she is. She calls him a coward, which bothered him, as he is known for his bravery, not cowardice. She asks him if he would "live a coward in thine own esteem?" She uses love, or his lack of it for her, to persuade him to go through with the plan. When Lady Macbeth hears of the death of Duncan in the presence of the others, she pretends to be stunned, and even more traumatized when Macbeth announces that he had killed the guards that she eventually faints. She may have fainted to distract attention. "Help me hence, ho!" By saying this followed by a faint, she's diverting attention to herself so that the others don't see through Macbeth. Another reason is that she suddenly feels taken aback by Macbeth murdering the guards. They had planned everything together, but now it had got out of control with the murder of the two guards. ...read more.


Lady Macduffs love and devotion to her husband contrasts with Lady Macbeths attitude. Earlier in the play Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth she would have "dashed the brains out" of her baby, as on the other hand, Lady Macduff tells her son he's a "poor bird" and he doesn't "fear the net nor lime,/the pitfall nor the gin". Lady Macduff cherishes her son, showing her attitude to be the opposite of Lady Macbeth, who said she would've killed her baby. Lady Macbeth is a fiend like queen at the beginning. She believes vicious actions are the only way to fulfill the prophecies. The gentler side of Lady Macbeth's character only shows through when Macbeth becomes more bloodthirsty. When she's sleepwalking she comments on how "The Thane of Fife had a wife", then goes on to say "will these hands ne'er be clean". She is upset by the murder of Lady Macduff and begins to realise that things have gone too far. She was unwise to think that Duncan's murder would be the only one, and lacks the sense to see the plan through to the end. Therefore whilst she appears to be ruthless at the beginning, she is recognised for what she is at the end, a "fiend like queen". ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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