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Of this dead butcher and his fiend like queen." To what extent do you agree with Malcolm's statement

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" Of this dead butcher and his fiend like queen." To what extent do you agree with Malcolm's statement. In the end of the play; Macbeth, by William Shakepeare Malcolm describes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as a "dead butcher" and "fiend like queen". While Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's actions are undeniably evil, both characters being as noble. Aside from their own ambitions, the murders are a result of many driving forces and both characters have a conscious and sense of remorse. Macbeth begins as an honourable and brave character. After the defeat of the rebel forces, Macbeth's bravery is well regarded by Duncan. "O valiant cousin! Worthy Gentleman!" (Act 1 Scene 111) Macbeth's loyalty is rewarded with the title of the Thane of Cawdor. "What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won!" (Act 1 Scene 111) When the witches prophecies are validated, Macbeth feels that he won't have to murder Duncan, if fate has decided he'll be king. "If chance will have me king, why change may crown me without my stir." ...read more.

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One cannot dispute the fact that in the end Macbeth makes decisions and takes things into his own hands. While Macbeth is influenced by the Witches to kill Duncan and Macduff they never instruct him to do so and only speak in passive tones. "Beware of Macduff". While Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband, it is Macbeth who murders Duncan. "I have done the deed." Macbeth's utter evilness is revealed when he becomes suspicious of Banquo; his close companion, and kills him - without being encouraged by any other forces but his own "vaulting ambition." He doesn't even consult his wife in the matter. "To be thus is nothing, But to be safely thus." Macbeth butchers Macduff's whole family - his wife and all his "babes." This wickedness is apparent as Macbeth himself "has no children." Under Macbeth's evil rule, Scotland and her people suffer dearly. "New widows howl, new orphans cry." ( Macduff Act IV Scene III) Macduff describes Macbeth as a "tyrant" and "smacking of every sin that has a name." ...read more.

Conclusion

Lady Macbeth has many manipulating and evil features. It is Lady Macbeth who manipulates Macbeth to kill Duncan by attacking his manliness, setting him on his path of savage murders. "When you durst it, then you were a man." (Act I Scene IV) Lady Macbeth cunningly plots the murder of Duncan and instructs Macbeth to "look like the time bear welcome in your eye." Lady Macbeth is extremely sly and wicked, and this is conveyed when she pretends to faint after Duncan's murder. "Help me, hence, ho!" Lady Macbeth is even viewed by her husband as cruel and extreme. "Bring forth men children only!" This is sparked by her cruel comments while trying to drive Macbeth to kill. "I have given suck ... I would, while it was smiling in my face ... dashed the brains out - had I sworn as you have done to this." While Malcolm's comments contain some truth, it is important to recognise that Lady Macbeth and Macbeth begin as noble characters. Their evilness was partly a result of their ambition however both characters both convey a sense of remorse and insanity. One cannot ignore the driving forces which turned them into a "dead butcher" and "fiend like queen." ...read more.

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