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This dead butcher and his fiend-like queen is a striking depiction of the main characters made by Malcolm an central character near the end of one of William Shakespeares most popular plays Macbeth I have chosen to write about whether it is fair to compare Macbeth to a butcher one who is insensitive to bloodshed using evidence in favour and against to come to my conclusion In my own opinion having read the play I believe that Macbeth is fully deserving of this title In the beginning of the play we can see that Macbeth is full of merit as he fights courageously in a battle against the Norwegians In doing this he demonstrates his loyalty to his king Duncan and to his country As a result of Macbeth succeeding on the battlefield he is heralded brave Macbeth worthy gentleman and valiant cousin by several characters This indicates that he has gained the respect and admiration of his fellow countrymen for his good qualities such as leadership and determination and therefore is evidence that he did not have butcher-like qualities at that moment in time Furthermore before the murder of Duncan Macbeth is reluctant to actually commit the crime and stands up to Lady Macbeth We will proceed no further in this business He hath honoured me of late and I have bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people In doing this Macbeth reveals that he believes it to be wrong to kill Duncan especially after he has praised Macbeth for his role in recent events Also prior to the murder Macbeth shows that he has a conscience and experiences hallucinations Is this a dagger which I see before me The handle toward my hand This is included to make the reader aware of Macbeths deteriorating mental state as a result of the guilt he is experiencing without even having committed the murder but just by thinking about doing so thus proving
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