Malcome Describes Macbeth as a “Butcher”. Do You Think Macbeth Is Merely Described in This Way?

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Macbeth is a good people whose ambition gets the better of him. It is unjust for Malcolm to describe him as a “butcher”. At the begging of the play he is a respected person who shares loyality with his men to the king. However Macbeth’s downfall is caused by his ambition for him to be great, which was ignited by the witches’ prophecy. However, Macbeth’s indecision on whether he should kill Duncan or not shows us that ruthless aggression does not come that easily to them.
When the witches predict that he shall be king, Macbeth does not think he should do anything to make the prophecy come true “If Chance will have me king, why Chance may crown me without my stir”. However when Duncan announces that his son, Malcolm, will become the next king, Macbeth soon realises that he must kill Duncan if he is to become king. “The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down, or else oerleap for in my way it lies. Stars hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires.”
When Lady Macbeth receives the letter from her husband about the witches prediction she also realises that Duncan must killed. She thinks that Macbeth deserves to be great but also believes he is too noble to do such a thing. “Yet do I fear thy nature It is too full othe milk of human-kindness to catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it.” This shows that Lady Macbeth simply brings out the murderous butcher within Macbeth which was always subconsciously there with his ambition for glory.
Macbeth decides to kill Duncan on his own, with his major flaw, ambition, as the main influence to his decision. After murdering Duncan Macbeth is extremely frightened and regrets to killing Duncan “Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst!” However Lady Macbeth is calm and collected immediately after the murder. She

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