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At the end of the play Malcolm refers to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as thisdead butcher and his fiend-like queen consider the accuracy of Malcolmsjudgment by reference to their speeches and actions throughout the play25 pagesIn Malcolms eyes the Macbeths are just tyrannical murderers who snatchedthe throne away from him and his father and reigned a rule of terror in allof Scotland But looking carefully from a different point-of-view we seethat Macbeth is driven by the powerful contradictions in his character Unlikeother villains Macbeth does not enjoy doing evil he has not totally renouncedthe idea of morality although it is apparent that his ambition is strongerthan his conscienceAt first Macbeth had the itch to be king but he did not have the will toscaratch it We can see that Macbeth is not a cold-blooded monster in thatthe very idea of killing Duncan horrifies him and in Act II he tries totell Lady Macbeth that he will not go through with the murder The characterof Lady Macbeth is therefore required to provide Macbeth with the extrawill-power to fulfil his royal ambitions Macbeth is almost forced by LadyMacbeth to murder Duncan After committing the murder Macbeth seems almostdelirious and he says that all great Neptunes oceanhand We canalready see that he is sorry for what he has doneWhen Macbeth orders Banquos murder he is still in torment but the causeof his anguish seems to have been changed He is afraid of Banquo becauseBanquo knows about the witches and their predictions of hisBanquos descendantsbeing kings Banquos death he says will put his mind at rest Banquosmurder he figures will serve as an aspirin to his aches and painsWe are never told how Macbeth feels about the murder of Macduffs wife andchildren Their killing gains him nothing He has good reason to fear Macduffthough but slaughtering his enemys family is pointless Macbeth seems toorder their murder for spite out of a feeling of desperation Despite thewitches new prophecies which
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