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This Dead Butcher and his Fiend-like Queen - Macbeth

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Introduction

Alasdair Naisbitt 'This Dead Butcher and his Fiend-like Queen' Macbeth is a good man who is troubled by his conscience and loyalty though at the same time ambitious and murderous. He is led to evil initially by the witches' predictions and then by his wife's persuasive actions, which he succumbs to because he loves her. Lady Macbeth is a good wife who loves her husband. She is also ambitious but lacks the morals of her husband. To achieve her ambition, she rids of herself of any kindness that might stand in the way. However, by the end of the play, she runs out of energy to suppress her conscience and kills herself. Lady Macbeth is probably the most persuasive, and ambitious, of all the characters in the play. She persuades Macbeth, her husband that he should go for whatever he wants and let nothing get in the way, even if it means betrayal, killing or even the sacrifice of beloved ones, 1'How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done to this.' ...read more.

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Macbeth can either kill Duncan and become King but feel the guilt of killing in cold blood for the rest of his life, or he can stay a thane and wait to become king, if it will ever happen. Unfortunately for Macbeth, his wife has already given him such strong reasons for killing Duncan that he can no longer see the point in not killing Duncan and waiting to become king because it might mean becoming king after the death of Malcolm and maybe even Donaldbain as well. That would probably make him very old before he becomes king. His wife has almost completely persuaded him that killing Duncan is the right thing and that is exactly what he does. When Macbeth has killed Duncan he regrets his actions almost straight away and feels that he a weak character. Due to his burning desire for ambition and desire for the fine things in life, he decides that he needs to build up his character if he is going to succeed as king. He first of all starts to ignore his wife and begins thinking about what the three witches had said. ...read more.

Conclusion

This quotation states that lady Macbeth now has to ask the servants if she can speak, even to her husband. It shows that the relationship between the Macbeths is almost non-existent and they are not speaking any more. Lady Macbeth begins to sleep talk, confessing all of her wrongs to the servants. She doesn't even know that she is doing this. Neither does her husband, the king. The servants get so worried about her that they call a doctor to come and have a look at her condition. Once again she comes clean, confessing every crime that she has ever commited. This is only a short time before Macbeth finds out about the advancing English army, led by Malcolm. When he is preparing for the battle, he hears the sound of women crying. He states the he has almost forgotten the taste of fear. It is then that he realises that he doesn't know where the cry has come from so he asks his sevant, seyton, where it came from. He replies that the queen is dead. Surprisingly though, he is not too bothered about his wifes death, and so goes into the battle well prepared. It is almost as if he knew that his wife was going to die. ...read more.

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