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To What Extent is Lady Macbeth a ‘fiend like queen’?

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To What Extent is Lady Macbeth a `fiend like queen'? To understand this question we must first understand the meaning of fiend, the dictionary definition of this word is: Fiend: a devil: one actuated by the most intense wickedness or hate: an addict: a devotee With this as a guide we can relate to what is in the play, and where Lady Macbeth speaks we can match it against what she means with these words, this will be able to answer our main question and be able to back with discussion. The theme of the play is ambition, murder and love. We first look at Act one and the last three scenes five, six and seven, this is where the Lady is introduced and starts to play her role. We can see in the first of these scenes straight away, show her strength, she receives a letter about how her husband has been confronted by the three witches and told of how that they "hail, king shalt be!" she talks to herself saying "Glamis thou art, and cawdor; and shalt be what thou art promised" from this we can see how much she wants her husband to be in power, because she knows with this she will become stronger and more powerful with it, she is ambitious and very focused in these first few thoughts. As the messenger enters and then leaves leaving the news of "the king comes here tonight" begins to make the lady think some more, she tells herself "the raven himself is hoarse" making us think that she is a nasty piece of work, black and evil. ...read more.


She has been a true fiend like in these few first encounters, she wants to kill for ambition but nothing more, but she is most intense in way to power Macbeth. From the start of the murder we can already see the lack of strength in Macbeth himself; he is already having illusions as he enters near the king's chambers. He says, "is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward y hand? Come let me clutch thee" and yet of course there is nothing there, it is a figment of his imagination, he still does "have thee not, and yet I see thee still", maybe the lady's control over him and the power she has applied, pushed him too far over the boundary and is now even showing early signs of insanity. The murder is now done, but within this first day of the murder there is already a sign of the power change and the control change. Not only did he kill the king, he in fact killed the guards in the morning and said that, "o yet I do repent me of my fury that I did kill them" he says this to try and cover up the act and blame it on the guards. By saying: "who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to makes Love known?" This was well said to by Macbeth, to say that he loved the king so much he had to kill the murders because the love that he had for the king gave him courage to avenge the death ...read more.


and that is to be felt harshly by the King himself, "to hear a night shriek" he cried then the news came "the queen my lord is dead" and with this he replied "she should have died hereafter" meaning she would have died sometime or other this shows that he still has the little bit of evil left in him, although the scream in the air still puts the hairs on his back on end. The queen is now dead and her ambition to become the Queen was reached but short lived. With the question of the queen being a `fiend' one is still unsure, her power and control over Macbeth at the beginning was cruel and evil with the way she went about it. She fed him with evil and strength he did not have as a man and used what he had as a soldier to pressure him into the killing of Duncan. Once after that she lost power over him, he fed off the kill, off his threats and the evil from the three witches which did then prophesy his downfall. From the way she was slowly diminished of her power I do not think that she is a `fiend' like queen, her killing at the start was for love and power which I think most of the lords and the commanders of his armies all dream of and with Macbeth with a chance to take it did and took it quickly but his lust for blood and with the insanity of the Queen growing by the day there was little left for these two lovers. ...read more.

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