Delves into and explore the quote: "This dead butcher and his fiend like queen". A5,S9,L34 in relation to Macbeth.

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This description of Macbeth as being a "dead butcher" is not an accurate and fulfilling one especially towards the beginning of the play, although portraying Lady Macbeth as a "fiend like queen" well suits her personality and style throughout the entire play.

This story of Macbeth focuses mainly on these two protagonists, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. It describes their path from a high level of living, through a decline composed of murders and treason, eventually leading to both of their downfalls. This description of Macbeth does not truthfully portray him towards the beginning, but as the events begin to unfold and the story develops, so too does this description, fittingly becoming more suitable to describe Macbeth's nature as a butcher.

The mention of a butcher conjures up thoughts of a cold-blooded man, who ruthlessly slaughters his victims one after the other feeling no pity or sorrow. This is definitely a suitable tag to place on Macbeth after his murder of King Duncan, upsetting the balance of nature.

He then continues his slaughtering, ordering for the murder of Banquo as well as his son Fleance. Even so, this is still not a complete description of Macbeth, as he has been driven to perform these tasks by his wife, Lady Macbeth. Describing her as a "fiend like queen" is quite appropriate, as we get the picture of an evil, plotting woman, who is just as wicked, or even worse than her king. These words describe the actions of Lady Macbeth throughout the entire play, as she shows the characteristics of a strong, conniving character.

At the start of this play, we learn that Macbeth is a well respected and looked-up to man, as the captain says: "...For brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name - " A1,S2,L16. He was brave...