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At the end of the play Malcolm refers to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as this dead butcher and his fiend-like queen consider the accuracy of Malcolms judgment by reference to their speeches and actions throughout the play 25 pages In Malcolms eyes the Macbeths are just tyrannical murderers who snatched the throne away from him and his father and reigned a rule of terror in all of Scotland But looking carefully from a different point-of-view we see that Macbeth is driven by the powerful contradictions in his character Unlike other villains Macbeth does not enjoy doing evil he has not totally renounced the idea of morality although it is apparent that his ambition is stronger than his conscience At first Macbeth had the itch to be king but he did not have the will to scaratch it We can see that Macbeth is not a cold-blooded monster in that the very idea of killing Duncan horrifies him and in Act II he tries to tell Lady Macbeth that he will not go through with the murder The character of Lady Macbeth is therefore required to provide Macbeth with the extra will-power to fulfil his royal ambitions Macbeth is almost forced by Lady Macbeth to murder Duncan After committing the murder Macbeth seems almost delirious and he says that all great Neptunes oceanhand We can already see that he is sorry for what he has done When Macbeth orders Banquos murder he is still in torment but the cause of his anguish seems to have been changed He is afraid of Banquo because Banquo knows about the witches and their predictions of hisBanquos descendants being kings Banquos death he says will put his mind at rest Banquos murder he figures will serve as an aspirin to his aches and pains We are never told how Macbeth feels about the murder of Macduffs wife and children Their killing gains him
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