Macbeth Is a Butcher and Lady Macbeth Is a Fiend-Like Queen

1561 WordsOct 8, 19997 Pages
In Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, the following statement can be applied, "Macbeth is a butcher and Lady Macbeth is a fiend-like queen." This is a true statement as many occurrences involving Macbeth and Lady Macbeth portray them in this way. A butcher can be defined as someone who kills or has people killed needlessly or brutally. The term butcher used in this way describes Macbeth to some extent. During the play, Macbeth is involved in the murder of many people, including King Duncan, Banquo, and Macduff's wife and children. A fiend can be described as a very wicked or cruel person, or one who causes mischief and annoyance. This can be applied to Lady Macbeth, who had only her own intentions at heart. On many occasions Lady Macbeth shows…show more content…
She takes the bloody daggers from Macbeth's possession and wipes the blood on the sleeping servants, leaving the daggers at their sides. She does this without any feeling of guilt, whilst framing the innocent men. It is simply a matter of clearing her own name. When Macbeth shows his remorse for his crime, and his fear for being discovered she seems scornful. This can be found in Act Two, Scene Three, when Lady Macbeth says: <br> <br>A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight <br>(Line 21) <br> <br>In this line Lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth not to be so stupid, Duncan's death is not a miserable event to occur. Another quote showing her evil side from the same act is: <br> <br>A little water clears us of this deed: <br>How easy it is then! Your ……… <br>(Line 66) <br> <br>This shows that Duncan's death has had no effect on Lady Macbeth, and she scorns Macbeth for feeling remorse. She acts as though it is a common occurrence and is nothing to be concerned about. She is also saying that nobody will find out that they were behind his death, as the evidence can just be washed away with water. <br> <br>Lady Macbeth once again shows her fiendish ways when she pretends to faint after hearing about the murder of the King and the murderers. She knows that King Duncan and the servants have been murdered, yet she fools the people around her to believe that she is truly shocked about
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