Macbeth As A Butcher In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Macbeth is described as a “butcher” by Malcolm. In many parts of the play, Macbeth has manifested a butcher- like attitude. A butcher can be interpreted as someone who kills for no valid reason. In the play, Macbeth goes on a killing spree as he kills Duncan, Macduff’s family, Banquo and attempts to kill Fleance. He doesn 't appreciate human life as he kills many innocent lives. One example of this is in act 3 scene 1 when Macbeth uses prose to sound equal to everybody else, to manipulate the murders into thinking that Banquo was the enemy . This was all due to the fact that Macbeth thought that Banquo was the man who would most likely threaten Macbeth’s positions, because Banquo was present at the sighting of the witches, therefore might suspect …show more content…
As well as this, Macbeth suffered from his conscience. A butcher, however, would not have a conscience. It wasn 't Macbeth’s conscience which told him to kill Duncan, but intact it was his conscience influenced him not to kill Duncan. It was Macbeth’s ambition, as well as Lady Macbeth, that drove him to kill King Duncan. Macbeth also doubts the fact that he killed Duncan, after, as he says “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle towards my hand?”. A butcher would not have doubt or regret what they have done as Macbeth also says “Wake Duncan with thy knocking, I would thou couldst.” …show more content…
She is depicted as evil and that can be proven in many ways through her speech using sound effects, imagery and colours. In act 1 scene 5,Lady Macbeth orders Macbeth to “look like the innocent flow, but be the serpent under’t”. Here, she is telling Macbeth that he should look like an innocent man, but deep under, he should be the devil. This displays that Lady Macbeth is hypocritical, therefore she is evil and manipulative. It is also telling us that Lady Macbeth is able to think of many evil thoughts. Another example is when she and Macbeth are plotting to kill Duncan. Here, Lady Macbeth questions Macbeth’s manly-hood and humiliates him into murdering the King, which is such a remorseless crime. This is shown in act 1 scene 7, where Lady Macbeth says to her husband “What beast was ’t then that made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man. And to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man. Nor time nor place…”. This is an example of when Lady Macbeth acts like a fiend as fiends will do anything to get what they want, and this is what she is doing here. Lady Macbeth is manipulating Macbeth’s feelings, into getting him to commit such a pitiless crime. Only someone with wicked thoughts and who is narcissistic, which is basically, a fiend would do that. Another example is in act 1 scene 5, the scene after she has just received Macbeth’s letter about

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