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Was this your judgement of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth? "The dead butcher and his fiend-like queen".

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Was this your judgement of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth? "The dead butcher and his fiend-like queen". In this essay I will attempt to prove that at the beginning Macbeth proved the title wrong and Lady Macbeth proved it right. Therefore Macbeth was not a 'dead butcher' but Lady Macbeth was a 'fiend-like queen'. I will then try to show how, towards the end, Macbeth proves the title right and Lady Macbeth proves it wrong. Therefore Macbeth was a 'dead butcher' and Lady Macbeth was not a 'fiend-like queen'. I will also try to find out whether good replaces evil and whether evil exists in Macbeth or Lady Macbeth. So does Macbeth really deserve the title of 'The Dead Butcher'? At the beginning of the play on the battlefields we are introduced to the wounded sergeant, who is Macbeth's new friend. He tells of Macbeth's tremendous bravery and skills on the battlefield. As the sergeant explains how the battle against the rebels went he says 'For brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name- Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel Which smok'd with bloody execution' And then goes on to say how Macbeth forced his way fearlessly through the rebels until he reached their leader Macdonwald and then, 'Which ne'er shook hands, nor blade farewell to him, Till he unseam'd him from the nave to the chaps, And fix'd his head upon our battlements'. ...read more.

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After Macduff had started shouting for people to help Duncan, Lady Macbeth and Banquo went in and wanted to know what the problem was. When Lady Macbeth was told what had happened she said, 'Woe, alas! What! in our house?' This was a similar response to how Macbeth reacted. This tells you that they are obviously putting on an act, by looking as if they had absolutely nothing to do with it. After Macbeth had made his talk on how he blamed the servants for killing Duncan, Lady Macbeth fainted. This was a turning point because a new question arose. Do fiends have consciences? Now that this question has been raised, you can no longer say that Lady Macbeth is a devil-like queen because although she urged Macbeth into murdering Duncan she also is now realising that it was the wrong thing to do just to get power. Therefore she did not look at the consequences. In another soliloquy with Macbeth, he reveals his problems with Banquo. He says, 'Our fears in Banquo Stick deep, and in his royalty of nature Reigns that which would be fear'd: 'tis much he dares' This quotation explains how threatened Macbeth feels by Banquo. It his terms Macbeth only feels sick when Banquo is alive, but if Banquo were dead. He would be perfectly healthy. Macbeth gets three murders to make him 'healthy' again by killing Banquo. ...read more.

Conclusion

The gentlewoman said that her thoughts were too likely to cause trouble if they were repeated. Now you hear Macbeth trying to comfort himself by recalling the witches prophecies, before he goes to battle. As Macbeth talks to the doctor, the doctor wants to leave because he is starting to know too much. He is worried that he himself could get killed. As one of the apparitions said Birnam wood would move toward the castle therefore battle is commencing. As Macbeth prepares to fight he is told by Seyton that Lady Macbeth has been killed. Macbeth does not grieve because he feels that life is meaningless. As the battle continues Macbeth meets young Siward. He fights with him and then kills him. After Macbeth had just finished killing young Siward, Macduff enters. Macbeth says, 'I will not yield, To kiss the ground before before young Malcolm's feet, And to be baited with the rabble's curse. Though Birnam wood be come to Dunsinane, And thou oppos'd, being of no woman born, Yet I will try the last.' This quotation tells Macduff that he will not be taunted by the curse, and will not bow down to Malcolm. He will fight to the end. Malcolm kills Macbeth and is declared King. In the last speech of the play Malcolm presents his view on Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. It is a view that I have agreed and disagreed with throughout the essay but people still find it controversial, 'Producing forth the cruel ministers Of this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen.' ...read more.

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