Lakers Essay

854 WordsMar 23, 20124 Pages
King Duncan’s Rule Shakespeare’s play Macbeth is a tale of violent ambition and sorrow. After being visited by prophetic witches, the main character, Macbeth, is told that he will soon become the Thane of Cawdor and then the king. As prophesied, he is awarded with the title Thane for his natural talent in battle but then his king, Duncan, announces his son as the successor to the throne. Macbeth, impatient to see if fate will reward him takes the life of his king. Duncan, in order to gain the throne for himself. This breach in the line of succession is unnatural. Duncan’s leadership and rule was not passed down and the rule was abruptly changed. Duncan trumps Macbeth in capacity as a king because he is trust, honest and holds the qualities needed to be a good ruler that Macbeth sorely lacks. Duncan’s trust is an essential factor in his qualification over Macbeth as a ruler. Macbeth rules with an iron fist and immediately executes individuals he believes suspect his unorthodox ascendancy to the throne or are trying to take his reign from him. Duncan on the other hand, extends faith to his officers and grants awards for their accomplishments. Even Macbeth doubts whether or not he should usurp the throne from his patron. At first Macbeth himself denounces that plot presented by his wife and proclaims, “We will go no further in this business. He hath honored me of late, and I have bought golden opinions from all sorts of people, which would be worn in their newest gloss, not cast aside so soon” (Macbeth 1.7.32-35). He has just won the honorary position of Thane of Cawdor from the previous theme. Macbeth has come into Duncan’s eye as a valuable soldier and loyal officer to the country of Scotland. After fully thinking over the plot, he tells himself it is a foolish idea. As he is accused by his wife of being a coward, Macbeth succumbs to committing the terrible deed

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