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Macbeth - Dead Butcher

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MACBETH DEAD BUTCHER At the end of Macbeth Malcolm calls Macbeth a 'dead butcher'. How far do you consider this to be an adequate description of Macbeth? How far is it possible, in your opinion, to feel sympathy for Macbeth? The term 'dead butcher' suggests that Macbeth is a killer with no feelings and no remorse or guilt, so that he could freely kill 100 people with no worry on his mind at all. The term suggests that he has never loved or lost and is a sick human being, this is not Macbeth. Macbeth justifies this when he feels immediate remorse and guilt after killing Duncan. He can't even get over the fact that he had Duncan's blood on his hands. Also the fact that he didn't even make that good a job of it as he left trails behind him, showing that he was nervous about what he was doing and was not focused like a 'dead butcher' would be. ...read more.


Once he has committed the murder he cannot think at all for himself and if it had not been for his overpowering, domineering wife then he would probably end up confessing to the murder or being found out. He is certainly not a dead butcher as the way he acts is totally inappropriate for a cold-blooded killer. His nervousness is just one of the signs. He forgets to do things like to take the daggers back so that others get the blame for the killing. He is a merely a man controlled by his wife. Macbeth, when he has Banquo killed is even stronger evidence that he is not just a cold-blooded killer as they all make out. His hiring of assassins shows that he has not even got the bottle to murder someone himself and needs someone else to commit the deed. ...read more.


I think partly to blame for Macbeth's actions are the 3 witches who start all of these murder thoughts inside his mind. The main person to blame is Lady Macbeth; she is, if anything, the 'dead butcher' out of her and Macbeth. I think that Macbeth's good qualities do outweigh his bad ones but lets not forget that he did actually commit murders for his own advantage and it takes some evil to be able to commit murder, whatever the circumstances, but by no means is Macbeth a 'cold blooded, dead butcher'. We can't also forget that he didn't just murder once, like a normal man might be able to do, but he murdered more times. This could be influence by other people or it could be his own mind telling him these things. If there is one thing we can learn from this, it is to not be easily influenced by anybody whatever the circumstances may be. ALISTAIR NAIKEN 9W ...read more.

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