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At The End Of Macbeth, Malcolm Refers To Macbeth And Lady Macbeth As 'this Dead Butcher...And His Fiend Like Queen.' To What Extent Do You Agree With This Judgement?

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At the end of the play, Malcolm, the newly crowned King of Scotland describes Lady Macbeth as a 'fiend-like queen.' To a certain extent this judgement is true, yet Lady Macbeth has to actually evoke evil spirits to help prevent her from feeling any compassion or warmth. The evil spirits 'unsex' Lady Macbeth and remove all feminine qualities from her, trading them for evil, proving that deep down there must be some good in her if she has to call for some outside help to aid her with her deeds.Lady Macbeth likes to be seen as ruthless and cruel by everyone, yet we know that she must have feelings if she cannot bring herself to murder King Duncan because he 'resembled my father as he slept.' ...view middle of the document...

She is a loyal wife who has great ambitions for Macbeth, she is the one who convinces him to kill Duncan in order to receive the thrown. Lady Macbeth is the one who realises after reading her husband's letter that Duncan needs to be killed in order for the witches' prophecy to come true. She feels that Macbeth is too honest and caring to commit such a deed so she evokes the spirits to help her which would then help her make Macbeth do what she wants, get the throne. She blackmails Macbeth by saying that if he truly loved her then he would do it and she questions his manhood and masculinity. Lady Macbeth suggests that the killing initiates Macbeth into manhood.Although originally Lady Macbeth was the backbone of her and Macbeth's relationship, and she helped convince Macbeth to kill Duncan, I think that Malcolm's condemnation of Lady Macbeth is exaggerated. Malcolm has reason to aim all hatred towards Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, he has a right as they did plot, and actually kill his father. Yet I think Malcolm was a bit quick to judge Lady Macbeth as a 'juggling fiend', he hadn't seen all that really went on. Malcolm hadn't seen that there was more to Lady Macbeth than just a cold, heartless woman, that woman actually did have feelings as the weakness within herself lead to her suicide.Macbeth at the beginning of the play is seen as a valiant, brave and courageous man, anything buta bloodthirsty 'butcher.' Being described as a 'butcher' suggests that Macbeth is delighted by bloodshed which is definitely not the case throughout King Duncan's murder. Throughout the crime Macbeth becomes a nervous wreck and nearly ruins the plan by returning to Lady Macbeth carrying the blood covered daggers which he was meant to initially leave with the grooms. Similarly Macbeth is deeply affected by the murder and acts on edge during the crime, jumping just the sound of an owl's shriek.At the beginning Macbeth was a trustworthy, loyal man and respected Duncan. It seemed that his ambition overcame his original feelings of loyalty to the King and that he might already have had it in him as when he first meets the witches he asks them to stay, wanting to know more. It was his duty to protect the King, not turn against him, and kill murderers, not change into one. After all Macbeth was named 'Thane of Cawdor' by King Duncan. However this title is ironic as it once belonged to a disloyal traitor, which Macbeth later on becomes in the play. Yet Macbeth does dismiss and disregard the idea of murdering King Duncan, he can't let himself believe he would contemplate such a thing. Once confiding his innermost desires to Lady Macbeth he cannot escape the idea, Lady Macbeth willingly takes charge of the situation which Macbeth accepts and begins to formulate a plot.After going through with the murder with Lady Macbeth's support and help, Macbeth starts talking about hearing people crying out...

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