The anaylsis of the quote: "This Dead Butcher and His Fiend - Like Queen" from the Macbeth play

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Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are essentially good individuals who make an immoral judgement. It is dishonest to describe them as "this dead butcher and his fiend - like queen". They are valued individuals who reveal a loving connection. Their decline is triggered by their ambition for Macbeth to be great, sparked by the witches' prophecy, and not because they are evil. Macbeth's hesitancy on whether or not to kill King Duncan, and Lady Macbeth's begging of the spirits to take away her womanly qualities, show that lack of sympathy does not come effortlessly to them.

At first, Macbeth was well respected, and after his act of braveness, Duncan considers him worthy to be granted the title of Thane of Cawdor, which is a vast honour to Macbeth. The dilemma with this, however, is that it helps to spark his ambition, which, we find later, is his tragic flaw.

Lady Macbeth was also seen as a loyal wife with ambitions for her husband, Macbeth. She believes that Macbeth ought to be King, although she believes that he is too kind to act on this issue. She does not believe that he could possibly kill King Duncan on his own. She is encouraging of Macbeth, and is prepared to do what she can to earn Macbeth's ambition. She is basically exposed as a kind and affectionate person, though, so she begs with the Spirits to remove her gentleness and femininity and make her cruel à " Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me, from the crown to the toe, top full of direst cruelty." This evidence on Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is verification that, at the beginning of the play, they both are pleasant, honourable people.

When the witches predict that he will...