Today, I, Macbeth stand before a nation in mourning, grieving the passing of its King, Duncan. He shall surely be remembered in history as a noble and courageous leader, who fought with a fierce patriotism and belief in Scotland. Duncan inspired a unique and individual pride in his country and makes every decision with careful thought, holding firmly to his ideals and principles to the very end. Scotland has lost a powerful and peerless leader, and those of us who know him personally are now without a friend. I Rose today mourning for the loss of a cousin, a dear friend, a brethren and mentor whose morals I myself strive to achieve as the New King of Scotland.
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.
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.
Because his loyalty to his father is so strong, he continues to mourn his father even though his uncle and his mother have already persuaded the court as well as the kingdom to embrace the new reign. Another example in which Hamlet demonstrates his loyalty to his father is when he vows to carry out or fulfill the wishes of the ghost of his father. By promising to avenge his father and kill his uncle, he sacrifices his reputation, sanity and
This description describes Macebth’s sword killing the rebel MacDonald. It is a violent image, suggesting that Macbeth is willing to sacrifice his own life and be out in the front defending his king. Due to this action, Macbeth is referred to as ‘noble’ by Duncan. “For brave Macbeth- well he deserves that name… Noble Macbeth…’ in this quote, the adjective ‘brave’ is used to describe Macbeth’s actions in battle. He has loyally defended his king, Duncan.
From the beginning, Macbeth is a brave and loyal soldier. This must be true for his captain even proclaims that deserves to be called “Brave Macbeth.” Macbeth proved himself as a soldier, taking charge in the battlefield and exemplifying loyalty to his country. Succeeding as a soldier is the ultimate proof of one’s character. So how does the most brave and loyal find himself a man full of deceit and greed? Perhaps it was the time of period, the Age of Reason.
Scene 4 1. Macbeth says to the King, “... And our duties are to your throne and state, children and servants, which do but what they should by doing everything safe toward your love and honour.” He says that everybody should safeguard the king while Macbeth himself plans on murdering him. The character is a hypocrite and very clever. 2. The king is too trustworthy.
Macbeth is often read as a cautionary tale about the kind of destruction ambition can cause. Macbeth is a man that at first seems content to defend his king and country against treason and rebellion and yet, his desire for power plays a major role in the way he commits the heinous acts (with the constant push and bullying behavior from his wife of course). Once Macbeth had his little taste of power at the beginning of the play, he seems unable and unwilling to stop killing (men, women, and children alike) in order to maintain his position of power, gain greater power, and secure his eventual position on the throne. Selfishly, Macbeth puts his own desires before the good of his country until he is reduced to mere shell of a human being. Ambition is not Macbeth’s only fatal flaw, but it is certainly one of the most predominant ones.
Masculinity plays a large role in Macbeth because it contributes to a significant amount of reasoning behind the characters’ actions. In Macbeth, Shakespeare adopts a binary definition of masculinity, demonstrating the respective archetypal and acceptable behaviors that create a man. Furthermore, the author presents the negative consequences that are a result of deviating from masculinity through the actions of other characters. Shakespeare illustrates the protector’s masculinity through bravery; a man is considered masculine when his actions protect the greater good of Scotland. The watchdogs are men like Macduff, Malcolm and the young Siward who fight against Macbeth because they believe that Macbeth is poisoning Scotland.