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In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare Malcolm refers to Macbeth as a Butcher and Lady Macbeth as a fiend-like queen This is only true to an extent as although this assessment of their character would have made it easier to cope with the consequences of their actions their feelings finally overcame them When Malcolm calls Macbeth a butcher then he is implying that Macbeth kills people without feeling and emotion as if it was a job Malcolm also calls Lady Macbeth a fiend-like queen this assessment means that she is evil and cruel Macbeth is seen to be a butcher as he has done many horrible and heinous things throughout the play Firstly he murders Duncan who at the time was king of Scotland Macbeths only reason for killing the King was to fulfil the witchs prophecies All hail Macbeth that shalt be King hereafter After this murder many of the thanes got suspicious of Macbeth and he feared that Banquo might have told the other thanes of the witches prophecies Therefore Macbeth hires two murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance Banquo is killed but Fleance is able to escape Our fears in Banquo stick deep and in his royalty of nature reigns that which would be feard Then Macbeth had Macduffs wife and children killed because Macbeth is angry with Macduff for fleeing to join Malcolm This murder is purely out of spite and makes Macbeth look like a butcher All these deaths leave Macbeth to stay on the throne and everyone starts to become suspicious of him and leave him to go and join Malcolm in England This final act of murder is the one which portrays Macbeth at his most butcher-like However being a butcher requires a cold callousness that Macbeth does not possess At the start of the play Macbeth is obviously a good person He is loyal brave and is respected by some of the highest noblemen
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