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This dead like butcher and his fiend like queen is this a fair description of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Malcolm made the remark This dead like butcher and his fiend like queen when he was crowned as the king of Scotland after Macbeths reign of terror It becomes questionable upon the fairness of this justification whether or not Macbeth was really a butcher and whether or not Lady Macbeth was a fiend In some ways Macbeth would have fit the description of being a butcher after all he had taken the lives of many people some of them were even close associates of Macbeth He assassinated Duncan the king in order to gain the throne as he says I have done the deed He also murdered Banquo who was his best friend due to two different reasons The first is the witches prophecies which predicted that Banquos son is to become king and secondly there is a sense that Banquo has his suspicions on the assassinator of the king Acting under the name of fear he slaughtered Lady Macduff and her son due to the prophecies made by the witches Beware the thane of Fife Macbeth only resolved himself into a far more stereotypical villain when he felt that he had gone to far as he says I am in blood stepped I do far His ambition of staying king now begins to spur him toward further horrifying deeds and he starts to disregard and even challenge fate and fortune Each successive murder reduces his human characteristics still further until he appears to be the more dominant partner in the marriage Nevertheless the new-found resolve which causes Macbeth to wade onward into his self-created river of blood is persistently alarmed by supernatural events the ghost of Banquo an evidence suggesting Macbeth isnt at the right state of mind that his guilt has affected him deeply Macbeth
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