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In Macbeth , we are presented with two reigning Kings of Scotland : Duncan and Macbeth . What do we learn of Shakespeare's attitude to kingship from his potrayal of these two monarchs ?

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Petar Kaljevic The Coursework In Macbeth , we are presented with two reigning Kings of Scotland : Duncan and Macbeth . What do we learn of Shakespeare's attitude to kingship from his potrayal of these two monarchs ? It is obvious that Shakespeare was very religious man , from an old English family . He believed in the 'Divine right of Kings' . He also thought that the King was a holy person , something special with unnatural powers . Like a saint . Killing the King would be a diseaster becouse you would basicaly disobey the God's will . For Shakespeare the King wasn't just an ordinary person . He was like a prophet , sent from the God to spread the wisdom and knowledge . To judge and give crucial decisions for the good of the people and kindom . It would be unholy act to kill the King . Shakespeare described Duncan as the perfect King who would never even dream of doing something bad . Duncan is described in the book as a 'most sainted king' , the man who is honest , wise and good in heart . But unfortunely for him , he is too good and his goodness killed him . ...read more.

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This time he payed it with his own life . His mistake brought misery to all Scotish people who believed that he was an ideal monarch . In the other hand we have , the main character in the book , Macbeth . Duncan is the pefect King with great character while Macbeth is 'black Macbeth' . Mabeth is described as the worst kind of monarch , "unititled tyrant bloody sceptr'd" . He killed the King who was sent by God so he stopped that 'natural cycle' , he dared to defy God and that meant that he is doomed forever . Through the play Shakespeare shows us that Macbeth is cursed . He also tells us how the new king changse when he gets the power . How he becomes greedy and evil , and what is he prepared to do , just to keep his throne safe and get rid of all enemies . Shakespeare believed in the 'Divine Right of Kings' so he had to show that anyone who kills a king suffers a dreadful fate to discourage any potential plotters against his own monarch . The curse starts to accomplishes when Macbeth orders his , ex-best friend's , Banquo's assasination . ...read more.

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His life becomes a horror , a nightmare , "a tale told by an idiot...nothing" . Those were only Macbeth's personal costs , but Scotland suffered too without Duncan . The Scotish people are extremly unhappy with Macbeth , and the crops wouldn't grow well , people wale every day , Malcolm - "Alas , poor Scotland..." In the end the play finishes with Macbeth's murder . Shakespeare's message ( which wasn't written but we can find it ) is that disobeying God and breaking of the 'Divine Right of Kings' is something worst a man can do . It is totally unacceptable and is punished with the worst kind of death . That was Shakespeare's attitude to kingship , as something special and extraordinary . Common folk cannot be the king...There exists one and only King and he can only be replaced by his son or relative . We saw the horrible pains and deaths of Macbeth and his wife , which prooved that Shakespeare is extremly devoted to kingship and old traditions . Duncan's trusting nature threatens the stability of the kingdom . Malcolm is a new King and he has his father's quaolities but not his flaws - he tells Macduff "modest wisdom plucks me from over-credulous haste." Malcolm needs to restore peace in Scotland and never lets some other Macbeth ruin his life and the life of all Scotish people . by Petar Kaljevic , Grade 10 ...read more.

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