William Shakespeare's Macbeth Essay

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William Shakespeare's Macbeth

In most ways I disagree with Malcolm's speech concerning Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. He says that Macbeth is a dead like butcher and Lady Macbeth is his fiend like queen. During the play, we can get various examples which prove that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are kind people. However, there is also some evidence which suggest they aren't.

It is unfair for Malcolm to describe them as "this dead butcher and his fiend - like queen". In the beginning they are respected people who share a loving relationship. As I pointed out in my speech, their downfall is by the witches' prophecy, and not because they are evil. Macbeth's indecision on whether or not to kill Duncan, and Lady
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That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o'erleap. Stars hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires." this prove that he has got an evil side.

Although Macbeth wants to be king, he does not wish to kill Duncan, and he thinks aloud to himself of his reasons: "First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed; then, as his host, who should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself." Macbeth does not want to kill Duncan because he is his king and close relation, and because it is his duty as host to protect him. This shows that he is not evil. If he were, his kinship and duty to the king would offer no hindrance to his decision to murder him.

After murdering Duncan, Macbeth is agitated and frightened. He forgets to place the daggers near Duncan's guards as he planned to, and is too afraid to go near the place of murder to correct the mistake: "I'll go no more. I am afraid to think what I have done; look on't again I dare not." Macbeth wishes to wash his hands of Duncan's blood, and the deed, but believes that no amount of water could remove all the blood. He regrets killing

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