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Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are basically good people who make an ill judgement, which lead them to evil.

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MACBETH ESSAY Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are basically good people who make an ill judgement, which lead them to evil. Although I agree with the statement "this dead butcher and his fiend - like queen" that Malcolm had made about them I also believe that they were not entirely like that. They may have felt that they had their reasons for their actions but also I must consider whether or not they justify their behaviours. I must consider whether Macbeth could have easily just not kill Duncan or had the witch's prophecies corrupted him too much for him to be able to turn back. In the beginning of the play they are respected people who share a loving relationship. Their downfall is caused by their ambition for Macbeth to be great, sparked by the witches' prophecy. Macbeth's indecision on whether to kill Duncan or not, and Lady Macbeth's begging of the spirits to take away her feminine qualities, show that the evil does not come easily to them although once they began they could not control it. Some people get addicted to gambling, alcohol or drugs but in Macbeth we see how he got addicted to power and ambition. Even when the witches had promised him that he would be king, he still went ahead to make it happen. His ambition to be king was so great that he could afford to go to great lengths to get it, this, which we find out later in the play when he plans to kill the king-Duncan. Macbeth is a Scottish nobleman and important kinsman of King Duncan, whose devising and heroic leadership of a winning tactic in a battle show his talent, courage and loyalty to his country. ...read more.

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She does not appear to be at all worried about being caught, believing that, by cleaning their hands of blood, they are cleaning their hands of the deed: "A little water clears us of this deed." (II.ii.67). The wine she has drunk has made her brave, and she fixes Macbeth's mistake by placing the bloodied daggers near the guards so that they are blamed for the murder. It seems as though the murder has had no effect on Lady Macbeth until she sees Duncan's body, when the realisation of what they have done hits her and causes her to faint. This shows that the wine she had drunk and the fact that she had not yet seen what they had done caused her visage of carelessness. It is because of these actions by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth that we see that they too couldn't believe they had done something so horrific and evil, an act of 'butchery's' Soon after the murder of Duncan, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's relationship begins to change. During the planning of the murder, Lady Macbeth is in charge, instructing her husband on what to do. Macbeth, who now no longer needed any encouragement from Lady Macbeth, started to leave her in ignorance of his plans. .After hiring the murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance, Macbeth tells his wife to "Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck, till thou applaud the deed." (III.ii.45-46), showing that he is beginning to take control, plotting on his own and not even telling his wife what he is planning to do. Before he was king, Macbeth was acting according to his ambition, by the beginning of Act III he is fighting for survival. ...read more.

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and not merely for 'ambition'. It is clear by their behaviour that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are evil. Lady Macbeth's obvious suffering and regret, shown by her sleepwalking and suicide, and Macbeth's killing to his death, like the fearless soldier in the first Act, prove that Malcolm's describing them as "this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen" is fair and very accurate. Although he may have felt that he had his reasons, I still think that the murders were all cruel and needless. Macbeth may have started out as a good person but Yet increasingly his ambition defeated his good nature. Although Macbeth was the main killer, Lady Macbeth still played her part alongside him, although only a minor role, she still very much influenced his decisions. Macbeth obviously felt he'd 'needed' to kill each person for his 'well-being'. Although he had doubts before, he still resulted in killing and as the play progressed he didn't even need to think twice about it and so he obviously hadn't felt so guilty or felt he shouldn't have killed Duncan. Through the development of this tragedy, Macbeth has turned from a fine natured person to an evil person. His ambition, strong belief in the witches, has brought him to a tragic end of his life, and caused many people to lose their lives. I feel that it was right for Macbeth to have died at the end of the play, although no-one deserves to die but if Macbeth should have stayed alive any longer he would have carried on to kill more and more people thinking he was doing himself good and building even more enemies for himself so one way or the other he would have eventually been killed by somebody else. He would still have been labelled as 'This dead butcher'. BY MARTHA OLASEINDE ...read more.

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