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Macbeth Essay

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Introduction

At the end of the play, Malcolm dismisses Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as "the dead butcher an his fiend-like queen", what is your judgment of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth based on your understanding of the whole play? "The dead butcher and his fiend-like queen" is not an entirely accurate way to describe Macbeth and Lady Macbeth because even though there are some elements of truth there, in the end, they regretted their actions and regret is not something a "butcher" or a "fiend" might feel. A "butcher" and a "fiend" are the alter egos of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The starting point of Macbeth and actions is the witch's prediction, this is the cause of their actions because the prediction was already planted in their mind. Macbeth cannot be described as a butcher because he could not bring himself to kill the king because he felt it was his duty to protect his king. Although Lady Macbeth coaxed Macbeth into killing King Duncan, she was very drunk, and the next day she could not handle the guilt and started to go insane. ...read more.

Middle

It is his duty to protect the king and Macbeth and King Duncan had a close relation. "First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself." Here he states the reasons why he should not murder Duncan. He is letting his conscience take over. Therefore, at the start of the play, Macbeth is not an evil man, even though he has evil thoughts, he cannot bring himself to do such a cruel deed because of his duty to the kingdom. Lady Macbeth knew that Macbeth's conscience would get the best of him, so she accused Macbeth of being cowardly and unmanly. Macbeth, who is used to being called brave and courageous, is very offended by these accusations so he promises to do the deed. These are the first signs of Macbeth being described as "butcher" and Lady Macbeth as "fiend". ...read more.

Conclusion

... Here's the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes Of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand." This tells us that the guilt is still lingering in her conscience and is very disturbed by it. Lady Macbeth ends up paying for her actions by committing suicide. Lady Macbeth should not be described as a "fiend" because fiends are not driven insane by the massive guilt that they suffer from. In conclusion, "The dead butcher and his fiend-like queen" is not a fair representation of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth because they do not act as a butcher of a fiend should. Both of them realized that their deed was unrighteous and in the end, they both got what they deserved. The "butcher" and the "fiend" can be described as the dark, alter egos of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. They were not at fault because the witches were mostly responsible for their actions, Macbeth was not entirely a "butcher" because he could not bring himself to murder the king until Lady Macbeth persuaded him into it. However, Lady Macbeth was not entirely a "fiend" because in the end she broke down and went insane. ...read more.

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