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Macbeth Is a Dead Butcher and His Fiend Like Queen.

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MACBETH IS A DEAD BUTCHER AND HIS FIEND LIKE QUEEN In most ways I disagree with Malcolm's speech concerning Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. He says that Macbeth is a dead like butcher and Lady Macbeth is his fiend like queen. During the play, we can get various examples which prove that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are kind people. However, there is also some evidence which suggest they aren't. It is unfair for Malcolm to describe them as "this dead butcher and his fiend - like queen". In the beginning they are respected people who share a loving relationship. As I pointed out in my speech, their downfall is by the witches' prophecy, and not because they are evil. Macbeth's indecision on whether or not to kill Duncan, and Lady Macbeth's begging of the spirits to take away her feminine qualities, show that ruthlessness does not come easily to them. He is well respected, and after his deed of braveness at the battle, Duncan thought he was worthy to receive the title of Thane of Cawdor, which is a huge honour to Macbeth. The problem with this, though, is that it helps to spark his ambition. Lady Macbeth believes that Macbeth deserves to be King, but thinks that he is too nice to do anything about it. ...read more.

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I am afraid to think what I have done; look on't again I dare not." Macbeth wishes to wash his hands of Duncan's blood, and the deed, but believes that no amount of water could remove all the blood. He regrets killing Duncan, wishing that he would wake from his sleep of death: "Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst!" Lady Macbeth, on the other hand, is calm immediately after the murder. 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." And she fixes Macbeth's mistake by placing the bloodied daggers near the guards so that they are blamed for the murder. 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. 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." showing that he is beginning to take control, plotting on his own and not even telling his wife what he is planning to do. ...read more.

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here, she is turning mental. Believing in the witches' prediction that "none of woman born" could harm him, and believing that all men are of woman born, he is unafraid of Macduff. When he finds that Macduff was born by caesarean, and therefore is not, in the usual sense, of woman born, he realises that the witches have tricked him. He knows then that, as the witches predicted, Macduff will kill him, but refuses to surrender. This reminds us of the fearless soldier of the first Act and shows that he is not afraid of death, and that he knows that he is about to pay for his mistake. By the attempted kindness of sparing Macduff his life, and the courage he shows by fighting to his death, we see that Macbeth is not a butcher, but a good man with the tragic flaw of ambition. It is clear by their behaviour that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are not evil. Lady Macbeth's obvious suffering and regret, shown by her sleepwalking and suicide, and Macbeth's fighting 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 unfair and inaccurate. ...read more.

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