What does Malcolm say about Macbeth and Lady Macbeth?

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Malcolm speaks out about Macbeth in act 4, scene 3. He calls Macbeth "treacherous," "bloody, luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful, sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin that has a name." In act 5, he refers to Macbeth as a "dead butcher" and Lady Macbeth as "fiend-like."

Malcolm's name-calling in act 4 stands in contrast to his description of himself to MacDuff . Whereas presumably Malcolm means the things he says about Macbeth, when he says that, bad as Macbeth is "there's no bottom, none, In my voluptuousness" he's making a ruse, testing MacDuff to see if MacDuff's loyalties lay with...

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