Hamlet would have been an exceptional king because of his character and his willingness to sacrifice for his country. His actions throughout the book can be described as brash and extreme but his decisions are not uninformed. The challenges he faces are unimaginable and difficult but he perseveres and acts in a way that he believes will serve his country best. These are the actions of a mature and able leader who is fit to run a country. Hamlet is aware of plots against him and he believes this will be bad for Denmark.
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.
The symbolism of dark and light is relevant as Macbeth’s light which is his conscious is starting to play him and become unravelled with evil thoughts leading him astray. In context, the quote is when Macbeth finds out that Duncan intends his son, Malcolm to become king. The alliteration ‘deep desires’ displays that Macbeth, here, is overcome by ambition, this leads Macbeth to want to hide his ambition in darkness and reflects on the evil of his ambition. The quote also highlights the depth of this ambition driving him to do
There is a long monologue of Macbeth: “… He's here in double trust; First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself….” —1.7.15-19 Here, Macbeth tells us the double trust of Duncan. From Macbeth’s words, it is easy to find that he is the last possible person to murder Duncan. Therefore, theoretically Duncan is very safe in Macbeth’s castle. But the irony is that the safest place becomes the most dangerous one. Duncan’s trust on Macbeth gives Macbeth the chance to carry out the murder.
In his view, the end to political instability justifies the means no matter how shady they may be. He states, “Many have imagined republics and principalities that have never been seen or known to exist in reality. For there is such a difference between the way men live and the way they ought to live.... because anyone who determines to act in all circumstances the part of a good man must come to ruin among so many who are not good.” (Machiavelli p.186) Many of the virtues advocated for in The Prince are apparent in Claudius’ character from William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet. Hamlet tells of the various activities that take place during a questionable shift of royal power in Denmark. It is the acquisition and maintenance of this power that shows just how Machiavellian Claudius’ character is in the play.
He made sure to put on a façade which would lead the King’s men to believe he was still a respectful and loyal man. He even went as far as killing another man to show his respect for the king and his (fake) anger about the king’s murder. Macbeth made quite a transition between the first two scenes of the play. Power was the catalyst for the change from a loyal to greedy man. People will do many things to claim power.
They make Macbeth feel over confident with visions full of double meaning, which easily fools him into a state of content and invincibleness. They first capture his attentions when calling him the thane of Glamis (his original title) and thane of Cawdor. He doesn’t understand the second title, as there is already a thane of Cawdor, but is then informed that the King has appointed Macbeth thane of Cawdor because the previous thane of Cawdor is executed for treason. When Macbeth inquires about the prophesies coming true, Banquo tells him “...But ‘tis strange. / And oftentimes, to win us to out harm, / The instruments of darkness tell us truths,/ Win us with honest trifles, to betray’s/ In deepest consequence” (I.iii.121).
A Tragic Hero in one of Shakespears plays are noble men who have a great flaw and because of that flaw goes threw a downfall but in the end they learn a lesson. In the play of Macbeth, Macbeth is a tragic hero. Macbeth is a nobleman with many flaws. One of his most prominent flaws is his over ambition and that he was easy to manipulate. Macbeth was willing to do anything he could in order to be king.
Macbeth-Discussion Macbeth’s rise and fall from power was tragic. However, he does not have only himself to blame. True, he is largely responsible, but he cannot be held totally at fault. Lady Macbeth, the witches, Banquo, Macduff, Donalbain, Malcom and Duncan all have a part to play in turning Macbeth from a brave, loyal, fearless man into an evil tyrant. King Duncan has to take a small part of the blame.
A person with so much power will go to extremes to achieve or maintain it. A tragic hero is Aristotle’s view on a great or virtuous character that has a major flaw which leads to a downfall or suffering. Macbeth kills King Duncan in order to take his place after being named Thane of Cawdor because of his flaw of being too easily persuaded. In the beginning of the play Macbeth was a great man respected by all the people of Scotland. He is given hope by the supernatural giving him the dream of once becoming King of Scotland.