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A king during Shakespeare's time - Macbeth.

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Introduction

Macbeth essay In many of Shakespeare's dramas, the main character has either a heroic side or a villainous side. When the main character is a king, he will most likely have heroic qualities. A king should be classified as someone who is royal, powerful, full of integrity, courageous, trustworthy, intelligent, fair, virtuous, and knowledgeable of his kingdom. In Macbeth, each of the male characters possess a variety of these attributes that would make them worthy to be a king. These male characters include: Duncan, Malcolm, Donalbain, Macduff, Lennox, Ross, Menteith, Angus, Caithness, Fleance, Banquo, and Macbeth. As the king of Scotland, Duncan is known for his virtuous and benevolent manner. He knows how to take charge, yet he is kind-hearted at the same time. He says, "What he has lost, noble Macbeth hath won." Here, Duncan seems almost na�ve, and he trusts Macbeth by calling him noble, just to be stabbed in the back later. ...read more.

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Macduff shows a strong love for his family, and he would show the same love for his country. When he hears of their death, he exclaims, "Merciful heaven! What, man! Ne'er pull your hat upon your brows; Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak Whispers the o'erfraught heart, and bids it break." Lennox, another Scottish nobleman, has a mysterious air, while he comes into play at various times. He is polite and respectful, continuing to say, "... my good lord ..." and "... your highness ..." Half way through the drama, the reader gets an insight as to Lennox's views of the murders. "... And the right-valiant Banquo walk'd too late; Whom, you may say, if't please you, Fleance kill'd, ... how monstrous It was for Malcolm and Donalbain To kill their gracious father?" As a king, he would be good at getting the facts together to determine a logical outcome. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth's ambitious thoughts, contrary to Banquo's, are carried through into dangerous actions, resulting in several murders. Even though Macbeth was a coward by taking these people's lives, he was courageous because he learned to become independent, as opposed to counting on Lady Macbeth. When he was asked to tell what he was doing during the time of his plan to kill Banquo, he replied, "I will tomorrow." He became hungry for power, and he became strong within. In the end, he was called a tyrant, and he was suited for the position of king because of his thirst for violence. As a king during Shakespeare's time, one would be expected to be loyal, trustworthy, honest, responsible, courageous, and virtuous. In Macbeth, most of the male characters are seen to have at least one of these attributes that would make them worthy to be a king. Even though they all have their flaws, kings are not perfect, and once they become king, with the exception of Macbeth, they will fulfill these qualities. ...read more.

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