Macbeth Is Not A Butcher
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|Macbeth is not a butcher
Malcolm calls Macbeth a butcher, someone who kills without a conscience and without a reason. He also describes Lady Macbeth as a “fiend like queen” which means one with only evil in her character. Neither Macbeth nor Lady Macbeth fit these descriptions. These descriptions are too simplistic but both characters are more complex.
Macbeth at the beginning of the play was not a butcher. He killed many enemies in the war but not one in cold blood. Macbeth was a highly regarded kinsman and Thane. “For brave Macbeth, well he deserves that name.” “O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman.” In the war against Norway, Macbeth presented himself as “noble Macbeth”, “brave Macbeth” and “valiant cousin” to King Duncan. Clearly at this point, Macbeth was not a butcher.
Many would regard Macbeth as a butcher because of his murder of Duncan, the two servants and Banquo. But Macbeth had reasons for these murders. He did not kill without any reason like...
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