The Macbeths

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The Macbeths – “this Dead Butcher And His Fiend-like Queen” Essay, Research Paper “this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen”. Is this a fair comment on the characters of the Macbeths?Malcolm said this. There is bias. Macbeth kills his father Duncan. Malcolm should be king instead of Macbeth. Macbeth seizes power by force. Also, Macbeth brings chaos and destruction to Scotland (his homeland). Therefore, Malcolm makes a subjective comment on the Macbeths that they are “butcher” and “fiend-like queen”. However, it contains some truth in it. Macbeth did murder Duncan and Banquo. In order to consolidate his power, he kills Macduff’s wife and son and all the people in the Castle of Fife .At this point, he is a “butcher”. For Lady Macbeth, she did persuade

Macbeth to kill Duncan. She emboldens Macbeth by saying”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” Her persuasion quickens the pace of the murder. She is a “fiend-like queen “at that point. A butcher is a person who kills people unnecessarily and brutally. A fiend is someone very cruel and spiteful. It is not a fair comment. They are not “butcher” and “fiend” all through. They changes from Act 1 to Act5. Macbeth starts with a loyal and valour soldier who sheds blood righteously to maintain peace and order in the country. In Act 1 Scene 2, it says that, “Brave Macbeth?Kwith sword steaming with blood, he carved his way forward till he finds the

wretch.” He hesitates in the killing of Duncan. In Act 1 Scene 7, Macbeth says “We’ll go no further in this business. He was honored me recently, and I’ve won great respect form all sorts of people.” In Act 2 Scene2, after Macbeth murders Duncan, even he himself describes Duncan’s death as “a sorry sight”. He says that “Look on’t again I dare not”. On this stage, Macbeth still has conscience. Not until Act 3 onwards, Macbeths becomes a “butcher” that blood is no longer shed righteously. He kills Banquo and all the people in Macduff’s castle. All the people suffer under his tyranny. It’s not a fair comment for Lade Macbeth. She is not evil at all times. Though she seems to be screwd, she shows her fears (projection of her guilt).In act 2 Scene2, Lady

Macbeth cannot kill Duncan because she sees her own father in Duncan. She says,”Had he not resembled my father as he slept I hadn’t done’t”. She is conscience-stricken. In Act 5scene1, she suffers form sleepwalking which shows her inner guilt. It says “the smell of the blood is still there. All the perfumes of Arabia cannot sweeten this little hand”. Though she did persuade Macbeth to kill, her heart is heavy-burdened with guilt. We can see that it’s not a fair comment on the Macbeths. They aren’t “butcher” and “fiend” all through. This story is overwhelmed with human weakness .Weakness breed evilness. Weakness makes evilness prevail to do harm and to harm you. When you could not resist temptation, hidden ambition reveals. You will commit more wrong doings

to achieve the goal. That is human weakness. Weakness can turn to evilness under overwhelming ambition. For an example Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo and he wonders “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? NO”. He sees their own guilt .He sees them after he commits immoral crimes (evilness). He commits crimes as he is overflowed with ambition and lust (his character flaw). That is his fatal flaw that allows evilness to grow and to do harm. They are not victims only of the powers of darkness. Darkness symbolizes evilness. They are the one who let their own evilness prevail. They are easily tempted, supernatural powers just act as a stimulant. They have their desire?Xto be king and queen. They use the prophecies as an excuse to get the throne by