Character Study of Duncan

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In general terms, king is a male monarch who rules a kingdom and is considered most significant. Typically, king is courageous, true warrior and usually thinks high of him. However, character of Duncan breaks the stereotype of an archetypal king. King Duncan is a father-figure who is generous, insightful, and sensitive but has firm belief. However, he is full of irony as he is completely deceived by the intents of Macbeth. One may view Duncan as an incompetent monarch in this respect though; Duncan represents moral order within the play. Duncan has proved himself to be kind, generous, and respectful of those who protect him and his country. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth fights with bravery against the invaders and as a result, is rewarded with the title “Thane of Cawdor” (1.2, 65) by King Duncan. King’s generous and undoubting nature makes him a popular and loved amongst the citizens. His respecting and innocent personality impresses all citizens including Lady Macbeth who is determined to kill him. Just before the murder, Lady Macbeth comments that she cannot kill him because he “resembled my father as he slept" (2.2, 12-13). After Macbeth is pronounced as Thane of Cawdor; King becomes a guest at Macbeth’s palace instead of calling him at his palace. Duncan is shown as a compassionate old man who is full of kindly words. He is described as “naked newborn babe” (1.7, 21) by Macbeth just before the murder. In Conclusion, King Duncan had womanish softness, childish trust and inability to read men's minds in their
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