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What does Malcolm say about Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?

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kk10026 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 15, 2007 at 5:32 AM via web

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What does Malcolm say about Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 16, 2007 at 3:00 AM (Answer #1)

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His first comments about Macbeth are about how great a warrior he is.
Later, when talking to Donalbain after their father had been killed, Malcolm indicates that they (the Macbeths) are false, or at least, can be faking sorrow, and are not to be trusted.
Later still he names Macbeth as traitor, and like a fallen angel—worse because he was once good. In that section, he piles insults on Macbeth, saying that his list of sins and vices has no end—he's greedy, lustful, etc. He explicitly calls him "devilish."

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 21, 2007 at 9:23 AM (Answer #2)

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Malcolm says Macbeth is a butcher because he has killed the king and Macduff's family and others. He refers to Lady Macbeth as a "fiend-like queen" because she helped Macbeth in his deadly plot. She has lost her mind by the end of the play. Her guilt and Macbeth's coldness towards her has caused her to go insane.

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prhodes | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 24, 2007 at 9:56 PM (Answer #3)

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His most memorable quotation on this subject is 'This dead butcher and his fiendlike queen.'

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