Macbeth..."butcher?"

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To what extent do you agree with Malcolm's description of Macbeth as a "butcher ?

The Oxford English Dictionary describes a butcher as a "person who kills or has people killed brutally or indiscriminately.  Is this description, with which Malcolm condemns Macbeth, true or adequate? In this essay, I will consider whether "butcher  is the right term for this complex character. I will consider two different productions of Macbeth in my answer: Roman Polanski's film of Macbeth, and a Royal Shakespeare Company production (hereafter referred to as RSC), which is a televised stage version.

When applied to Macbeth, the term "butcher  contains literal truth, since he brutally took the lives of many people. First, he assassinated Duncan to gain the throne. This, as Macbeth himself recognised in his soliloquy, is wrong; they are related, he should be acting as a loyal subject and it goes against the laws of hospitality:

Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,

Furthermore, Duncan has treated Macbeth well; he bestowed the title of Thane of Cawdor upon Macbeth, sent money and diamonds to

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