Fiend Like Queen In Macbeth

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This quote, as seen in Act 5, scene 9, spoken by Malcolm, is a point of reflection of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s journey throughout the play. In this essay, I will be exploring the personalities and actions of the persona in relation to this quote. A key theme studied in this paper is the development of the individuals, which plays an important role within the stages of the drama. In this case, “A dead-butcher” refers to someone who kills, implying no remorse for one’s actions due to the fact that being a butcher is an occupation and that killing would be commonplace. “A fiend-like queen” is the portrayal of an evil and demon-like individual, in this instance addressed to Lady Macbeth. The portrayal of a ‘fiend-like queen’ seems more accurate when focused on Lady Macbeth, as she introduces the evil and fuels the ambition that leads Macbeth to his downfall. The personalities of the characters are complex and ever changing hence why giving a definite response requires subjective analysis and objective facts. In the initial scenes, Macbeth is depicted as courageous, faithful and patriotic. He fights valiantly for his country and proves himself to King Duncan. “Like valour’s…show more content…
This was when Lady Macbeth received Macbeth’s letter, notifying her of the witches’ prophesy as well as his new title, ‘Thane of Cawdor’. ‘Spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here’, is a quote extracted from Lady Macbeth’s first soliloquy. In this quote, Lady Macbeth is indirectly asking for her femininity to be stripped off from her due to the fact that the crimes she wants to commit would be stereotypically considered as manly. The womanly façade that she bears acts like an obstacle in her ambitious path that would prevent her from executing the crime, thus imposing it on Macbeth. This could be considered as a cunning or fiend-like act, which in this case is a fairly accurate description of Lady
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