At the end of the play, Malcolm refers to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as “this dead butcher and his fiend like queen” (5.7 .114). In your view, how appropriate is this description of Lady Macbeth? At first, one could easily summarise that Lady Macbeth is indeed a fiend like queen. Throughout the play, she does seem to be the driving force behind Macbeth, causing him to murder and commit devilish deeds. Malcolm had of course had a reason on why is view on the Macbeth’s was like it was.
He even says that the presence of the three witches is not ethical and cannot be good. Then, Macbeth states, “If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me” (1.4.158). When he contemplates about killing Duncan, the audience can see that Macbeth is ambitious for power and is tantalized over the witches’ prophecy. He wants to become king and if he has the opportunity, he will be take it. The way he handles the situation suggests that he is unsure that being a high-ranking officer is
They are the ones who plant the actual idea of killing Duncan into Macbeth's mind. But if it were only the witches prophecies, then Macbeth surely would not have murdered the king. 'When you durst to do it, then you were a man,' (Macbeth, Shakespeare Act 1 Scene 7) Lady Macbeth's constant harassment pushed Macbeth and made him commit all this evil. When you reason things out by yourself you tend to now what is right and what is wrong, a conscience. But with the outside influence from the witches he thinks that that is his destiny and he must do everything to fulfill it.
50-51). While it is clear that Macbeth would like to avoid doing anything harmful, he deeply desires to become king and is willing to commit un-ethical acts, such as murder, to achieve this goal. This is further confirmed when he is convinced by Lady Macbeth to kill Duncan. The witches did not say that he needed to murder Duncan to become king, and so presumably he would have been able to ascend the throne one day, however he was unable to wait and did usurp Duncan. He does protest the suggestion a few times arguing both with himself and Lady Macbeth against the idea, but ultimately he succumbs and kills Duncan.
Topic 1- Does Malcolm’s description of this ‘dead butcher’ and ‘fiend like queen’ adequately describe Macbeth and Lady Macbeth? Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ displays the varying drives of human nature. Together, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth make choices that ultimately define them as evil. Macbeth could be judged as an evil killer, but in reality he was manipulated by others who turned him against his better judgment. Lady Macbeth’s heartless ambitions blind her and stop her from foreseeing the consequences.
As the play proceeds, Macbeth becomes more reliant on the witches prophecy to drive him to become king.They are obviously deceiving and are only saying these things for their own self benefit. Macbeth causes himself to become more depressed because he is guilty of killing King Duncan. This influences him to become ignorant to his actions of killing, this makes him kill more people for his self benefit. He would never have wanted to kill King Duncan or even become king in the first place if the witches had not influenced him by telling him this prophecy. Even though the Witches play a major part in causing Macbeth to kill and cause tragedy and start the wheels in motion, Lady macbeth and his own ambitions are the real culprits of corrupting Macbeth.
Lady Macbeth torments her husband Macbeth in going through with the evil deed of murder which leads her to be the villain. Yet towards the end, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change into each other from how they were in the beginning.
Upon hearing that Malcom is officially heir to the throne, Macbeth displays shame for his thoughts of murder by explaining “Stars, hide your fires;/Let not light see my black and deep desires” (Document A) At this point, Macbeth reveals his fear of the very idea that has taken hold inside of him, suggesting that he has the capacity to resist the witches’ temptation. Unlike Lady Macbeth, who immediately starts planning to murder King Duncan and eventually convinces Macbeth to join her, Macbeth remains hesitant to commit the murder. Macbeth’s initial hesitance reveals the possibility that he allows the evil thoughts to take over him due to the persuasion of Lady Macbeth or on his own, as opposed to those thoughts forcing their way into reality against his will. If this is the case, the murder of King Duncan was entirely in Macbeth’s control. A short while later, Macbeth explains to his wife that he “ha[s] done the deed” (Document C).
Duncan is murdered by Macbeth in order for him to become King and this murder makes Macbeth more ambition and determined which leads to his downfall. Lastly, Macduff is another minor character to lead to Macbeth’s downfall. Macduff’s importance arises from Macduff murdering Macbeth. There are many minor characters in Macbeth that have the same significance as major characters on Macbeth’s death. However, the witches, Duncan and Macduff are three vital influences on Macbeth’s downfall.
Macbeth is already than of Glamis and is going to be crowned by King Duncan as thane of Cawdor, therefore he believes the witches prophecies. Suspense was shown through this quote because it is said at the beginning of the play and the audience is unaware of the level of integrity and the true intentions of the witches . There is suspense because the audience is waiting for him to become King of Scotland. This relates to the theme because the witches deceive Macbeth into believing that he will ascend to greater power. If he had not believed At the second meeting with Macbeth, the witches tell him that he cannot be killed by any man born from a woman.