“They were paid to betray their master. Malcolm and Donalbain, the king’s two sons have run away and fled which makes them the prime suspects,” states Macduff. His accusation is understandable for it seems only logical to accuse those with royal blood of such an act, as a way to usurp the throne, rather than waiting for its passing down upon them. The early stages of this news still leave many open questions to be
Alex Klug English 1118 Professor Flaig 10/24/09 Fortinbras’ Importance to ‘Hamlet’ In the story of Hamlet, both Young Hamlet and Young Fortinbras lose their father’s. Few years before, Hamlet’s father, the dead King Hamlet, invaded Fortinbras’ country of Norway and took territory from them by force. Hamlet’s father was later killed by his brother, Claudius, and assumed position as King as well as marrying the formerly widowed Queen Gertrude. Eventually, both Young Fortinbras and Young Hamlet avenged their fathers’ deaths. Young Fortinbras did this through asserting himself and his military to action, and invading the then troubled Denmark.
After some debate, the German senior command agreed on a thrust deep into Russian lines out of East Prussia. The resulting "winter war" inflicted another 190,000 casualties on the Russians, but petered out when the Austrian forces to the south utterly failed to dislodged the Russians. They instead suffered another embarrassing defeat, and even lost control of Dukla Pass, a prime route onto the Hungarian plains. Only severe weather and their unfortunate supply situation prevented the Russians from cracking into the core of the Dual Monarchy's
How did william gain control of England and wales by 1100? When Edward the Confessor died in 1066, he left a disputed succession. The throne was seized by his leading aristocrat, Harold Godwinson, who was rapidly crowned. Almost immediately, Harold faced two invasions - one from the king of Norway, Harald Hardrada, who was supported by Harold Godwinson's brother Tostig, and the other from William, Duke of Normandy. Harold defeated the Norwegian invasion at the Battle of Stamford Bridge in September 1066, but he was defeated and killed shortly afterwards at the Battle of Hastings, on 14 October in the same year.
He grew up to hate the English rulers of Scotland and this was made worse when his father was killed by an English Knight in Ayrshire in 1291. Later that year when he was visiting his uncle in Dundee he got into a fight with an English soldier who was stabbed to death. From that day William became an outlaw and went into hiding. During the next few years William gathered support and lived like a bandit. He was involved in many raids on the English occupiers and he avenged his father’s death by killing the English knight Fenwick.
Macbeth’s initial character portrayed him to be a man of nobility by being a military hero. However, due to the weird sister’s prophesies, Lady Macbeth’s manipulation and influences and man’s own ambition, Macbeth was led astray and under goes a change into a murderous tyrant. In the opening scenes of Macbeth, Macbeth is reported brave as he fought to defend Duncan against a rebellion. Macbeth’s loyalty and nobility is shown in the quote ‘which smok’d with bloody excetution’. This description describes Macebth’s sword killing the rebel MacDonald.
Although Macbeth is their king, and they have a certain amount of duty is to him, they feel that, because he has murdered Duncan and many others as well, that showing loyalty to this man would be morally wrong. Also, their duty to Scotland, and to Duncan – who had created many of their titles, and who was the last legitimate king before Macbeth’s rise to power – outweighs their loyalty to the pretender to the Scottish throne. The gentlemen want to restore the prestige of Scotland, which they feel has been badly damaged since Macbeth’s reign of terror. Ross says of Scotland, “Alas, poor country! / Almost afraid to know itself.” Also, when Macduff hears of the murder of his wife and children, his sense of duty to them drives him to seek to kill Macbeth on the field of
As Arthur Miller states, “Naturally, the best proof of the sincerity of your confession was your naming of others whom you had seen in the Devil’s company – an invitation to private vengeance” (“Why I Wrote The Crucible”). Essentially, blame is something that can be loaded onto scapegoats to facilitate acts of revenge, and to “get back” at someone who has upset, annoyed, or wronged society. “Half-Hanged Mary” by Margaret Atwood highlights some of the offenses that Mary Webster, the work’s main character, is targeted for: “I was hanged for living alone, for having blue eyes and sunburned skin, tattered skirts, few buttons, a weedy farm in my own name, and a surefire cure for warts; Oh yes, and breasts, and a sweet pear hidden in my body. Whenever there’s talk of demons these come in handy” (Atwood). Atwood’s list of reasons that explain Webster’s hanging draw up two conclusions about the party who commit her botched execution: they dislike the notion that Webster is an independent woman, and they dislike the unique aspects of her physical appearance.
Abhorred villain, unnatural, detested brutish villain; worse than brutish! Go sirrah, seek him. I’ll apprehend him. Abominable villain! Where is he?” (I iii 80-84) Had Gloucester shown mercy towards Edgar upon reading the letter, he would have learned the truth of Edgar’s