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Macbeth Is Malcolm's Assessment Of Macbeth And Lady Macbeth Justified?

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In the play, 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare, Malcolm refers to Macbeth as a "Butcher" and, Lady Macbeth as a "fiend-like queen". This is only true to an extent as although this assessment of their character would have made it easier to cope with the consequences of their actions their feelings finally overcame them. When Malcolm calls Macbeth a "butcher" then he is implying that Macbeth kills people without feeling and emotion as if it was a job. Malcolm also calls Lady Macbeth a "fiend-like queen", this assessment means that she is evil and cruel. Macbeth is seen to be a "butcher" as he has done many horrible and heinous things throughout the play. Firstly, he murders Duncan who at the time was king of Scotland. Macbeth's only reason for killing the King was to fulfil the witch's prophecies. "All hail Macbeth that shalt be King hereafter"After this murder many of the thanes got suspicious of Macbeth and he feared that Banquo might have told the other thanes of the witches' prophecies. Therefore, Macbeth hires two murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. Banquo is killed but Fleance is able to escape. "Our fears in Banquo stick deep, and in his royalty of nature reigns that which would be fear'd."Then, Macbeth had Macduff's wife and children killed because Macbeth is angry with Macduff for fleeing to join Malcolm. This murder is purely out of spite and makes Macbeth look like a "butcher". All these deaths leave Macbeth to stay on the throne and everyone starts to become suspicious of him and leave him to go and join Malcolm in England. This final act of murder is the one which portrays Macbeth at his most butcher-like. However being a "butcher" requires a cold callousness that Macbeth does not possess At the start of the play, Macbeth is obviously a good person. He is loyal, brave and is respected by some of the highest noblemen in Scotland."Noble Macbeth""Worthy Macbeth" "Bellona's Bridegroom"Malcolm and Macduff may call Macbeth a "butcher" but although this assessment would have made it easier for Macbeth to kill Duncan, Banquo and Macduff's family, he wasn't a "butcher" and had to suffer the feelings that came with his actions. Guilt, remorse, sleeplessness are some of the feelings that attack him. "Will all Neptune's oceans wash this blood clean from my hands?"These feelings prove that Macbeth is not a "butcher". The psychological affects on Macbeth after Duncan's murder start to drive Macbeth mad, he becomes suspicious of those around him. Macbeth's 'fatal flaw' is that he is too ambitious and when he hears the prophecy he is blinded by his ambition and strives to become king, "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, only vaulting ambition".Macbeth's bravery survives until his last breath, during his fight against Macduff he shows the bravery that Macbeth showed at the very start of the play. Malcolm calls Lady Macbeth a "fiend-like queen" She hears of...

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