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James 1st believed in the Divine right of Kings, which means he is the next in line to God. This means that killing a King is much worse than a normal murder. Which is also reflected in the play

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Introduction

Macbeth Macbeth was written in the Jacobean era. Shakespeare was influenced at the time by king James 1^st, the new king of England. James 1^st was very Paranoid because there were several attempts on his life for example The Gunpowder plot and he was preoccupied with the evil of witches so much so that he wrote a book about it called Demonology. James 1^st believed in the Divine right of Kings, which means he is the next in line to God. This means that killing a King is much worse than a normal murder. Which is also reflected in the play. Qualities of Kings is one of the major concerns in the play. Some of the qualities that make a King are to reward those who do good deeds e.g Malcolm making his thanes Earls, to punish the treacherous e.g Duncan giving the order to hang the thane that betrayed him, to respect all those who fight on your side. ...read more.

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Macbeth does not possess any of the Kingly qualities that I stated and this causes his downfall. e.g He does not reward Banquo but instead he is fearful, jealous of him that he hires assassins to murder Banquo and his son Fleance. He also planned to have Mac Duff's family killed and Mac Duff also which shows hoe paranoid and greedy he has become. At this point in the book we see Macbeth acting on impulse to retain his throne disregarding all rationality completely. Macbeth is also too quick to trust the three witches and his greediness for power allows him to be easily corrupted, tricked and manipulated. In Murdering Duncan he is like the owl that has killed the falcon or the night strangling the sun. After Macbeth commits this crime he knows himself that he is on a murdering path that he can't turn back on. "I am steeped in blood so far". ...read more.

Conclusion

I know this because he gives Banquo a good roll in the play because James is a descendant of him and he also uses Edward in the play which emphasises the Divine right of Kings a very strong belief of King James. My findings tell me that Malcolm and Duncan are very much alike and that both of them have kingly qualities and both play very big rolls. Although Banquo did not rule I believe that he is the most Kingly and possesses the most kingly qualities out of all the characters in the play. I think also that it is very smart and clever the way that Shakespeare brings the mention of Banquo fathering kings in the sense that king James is a descendant of him. Macbeth the most interesting and main character in the book is above all the evil person in the play. It says that he was a hated tyrant and that the throne he sits on was stolen. Macbeth is Greedy, gullable, manipulative and too trustworthy. That concludes My Macbeth Coursework By John Crudden ...read more.

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