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Macbeth, the Dead Butcher and his Fiend-Like Queen.

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Macbeth, the Dead Butcher and his Fiend-Like Queen In the beginning of Macbeth, Macbeth is a courageous and loyal character who fights for his King in order to protect him. He and his wife have an ambition to become King and Queen. He is corrupted by the witches prophecies and the strong power of Lady Macbeth as she can easily influence him. She says things like 'screw your courage to the sticking place and we will not fail.' It is her strength first motivates him but after he kills Duncan he proceeds with his own bad ways motivating him, his mind is full of scorpions. He talks about 'good things of the day' that are overcome by 'night's black agents', as Banquo's murder occurs in the 'last streaks of the day,' it shows that Macbeth is being plunged into more evil. Macbeth is well respected and praised in the beginning, he is said to be 'brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name.' Duncan believes him worthy to receive the 'Thane of Cawdor' title helps spark the ambition so it grows. Also, Lady Macbeth, being a loyal wife believes her husband deserves to be King, but thinks he is too good to do anything about it. ...read more.

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Thou wouldst be great: art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it.' Her determined attitude shows her confidence in her words, this is what makes Macbeth act on. As you think she cannot be human she shows a little bit of humanity when she almost acts out the killing of Duncan herself but cannot as he resembles her "father as he slept." As she is in control at the beginning it shows she has not really realised the full effect of what she has done and therefore oblivious. She shows how together she is when the murder is discovered. Macbeth acts far too open and obvious but her quick thinking by fainting takes his limelight away. He has a conscience throughout the whole play, this is shown when he has hallucinations of the dagger and his fear of when Banquo's ghost appears to him. He is very insecure and shows this when he has Banquo and Lady Macduff's children killed. His insecurity is again shown when he kills the guards so no one might remember him being there the night before. The play shows he is very superstitious which brings out his evil side as he believes the witches which are associated with evil meaning that Macbeth has an evil side. ...read more.

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Over the play the Lady Macbeth and Macbeth swap characters. Macbeth is mentally weak yet Lady Macbeth is mentally strong. This changes. At first Lady Macbeth is in control and can make Macbeth catch evil like the flu as she says "The illness should attend it." Macbeth has a conscience until the middle of the play when he becomes uncontrollable whereas Lady Macbeth does not until the middle. It may be right to call Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, 'The Dead Butcher and his Fiend-Like Queen' but at the beginning they were normal respected people with an ambition. They were maybe not so evil after all as Macbeth still needed to be pushed to kill Duncan and Lady Macbeth needed to take away her femininity. 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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