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"This butcher and his fiend like queen"

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James Sturgess "This butcher and his fiend like queen" In this essay I an going to look at weather Macbeth is a "butcher" and Lady Macbeth is "his fiend like Queen". This comes from the quote "this dead butcher and his fiend like queen" made by Malcolm. A "butcher" is a vivid way of saying a mass-murderer, who has a conscience about what he does. A fiend is an evil demon or spirit which has a violent edge. It is a magical figure which can cast a spell directly over others. In this essay I will have to consider whether it is fair to think of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as evil from start to finish or whether they are changed by forces outside their control. Malcolm made the remark "This dead like butcher and his fiend like queen," when he was crowned as the king of Scotland, after Macbeth's reign of terror. It becomes questionable upon the fairness of this justification, whether or not Macbeth was really a "butcher" and whether or not Lady Macbeth was a "fiend." In the beginning of the play, Macbeth can be described as being loyal, courageous and noble. He is liked, trusted and respected by everyone around him. ...read more.

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And it was only due to the encouragement from Lady Macbeth, did Macbeth find the courage to commit the regicide. Even at the peak time of his tyrannical reign on the country, he was still worried about the late prophecies of the witches, and, perhaps, to an extent he acted under the prophecies of the witches, the murder of Lady Macduff is a strong evidence of Macbeth acting out of his fear that the prophecies of the witches were to come true. Macbeth also said, "Of all men, I have avoided thee but get thee back my soul is too much charged with blood of thine already" As if suggesting that Macbeth has reflected back on what he had done, and he doesn't want to continue being a murder. It feels that Macbeth's stream of conscience, that had previously disappear, reappear, and that Macbeth is not completely evil. Lady Macbeth is often described as one of the most powerful female characters in literature, as a dominating wife, who pushes her husband into his downfall. There are many evidence that suggests Lady Macbeth is a "fiend," a devil like heartless evil women. It shows to the fact that she seems to be lacking all humanity, where she calls upon the, "spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here," As if to deprive her feminine instincts to care. ...read more.

Conclusion

She was also washed over by guilt, and became mentally deranged, even before Macbeth. Although Malcolm describes Macbeth as a butcher, in reality, Macbeth was not purely a butcher. Evidence suggests that Macbeth was lost in his mind and the witches prophesies, or maybe, curses. The fact that he had to undergo a change from being a "worthy gentlemen" to a "dead like butcher" seemed to be caused by the witches, and Macbeth's personal ambition. Macbeth can be described as a butcher when he is involved in the murders of King Duncan, Banquo and Macduff's family. Lady Macbeth can be given the title of a fiend-like queen when she is plotting to murder Duncan, framing the two servants, and when she fails to stop Macbeth from killing Banquo. The traits of these two characters have helped Shakespeare to create a great tragedy, with two recognisable tragic heroes. Nevertheless, Macbeth's boldness and impression of personal invincibility mark him out for a tragic fall. Overall, the remarks that Malcolm made may have their justifications, as to an extent, both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are a pair of "butcher and his fiend queen". However, to an extent these justifications may not fit either Macbeth or Lady Macbeth, as they have had their own humanity within them, as if the "butcher" and "fiend" were just a part of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's alter ego. ...read more.

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