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King Lear & Macbeth-Which was most succesfull?

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Which King Was The Most Effective? Both King Lear and Macbeth were written in the 17th century, and based on the 17th century kings. Many kings in that day were shown to have varying strengths and weaknesses. Many kings were religious which lead to them believing kings were chosen by God, leading to them thinking themselves as powerful as God himself. King Lear displays this weakness. Many kings also believed their country was the best. This was because many people wanted their country to be the best and if the king was shown to be leading their country forward, the people were happy. Macbeth was a strong leader compared to other Kings who were content to let their citizens become unhappy. Merriment was also a popular trait, Kings Charles II was given the nickname 'the merry monarch' Also Kings were courageous; they had to focus on what they had to do to be successful. They had to think of the citizens of their country but also at the same time focus on themselves. Kings also had to be good at speaking to the public and getting 'on their side'. ...read more.


This speech by Lady Macbeth changes the tone of the play as the audience are now wondering how Macbeth will react to this, will he not listen, will he listen, and has he made his decision? King Lear treats his friends and family like normal people. He does not thank them for at least trying to give him advice but instead he is misunderstanding them and therefore sees it as if they are ordering him about and telling him to make this and that decisions. He is very protective over his power and leadership and therefore treats them with disrespect. Where as, in contrast Macbeth listens to advice and listens to peoples' opinions on the matter in hand. The advice may not be correct and as a result the man at the end of play is one we would barely recognize from the loyal Macbeth we met at the beginning. This shows that different Kings rule in different ways even though neither may be correct. It can also be said that another contrast is the flaws of the Kings. King Lear should have listened to advice from his family and friends whereas Macbeth should have trusted his own opinion. ...read more.


In the end Macbeth seizes the thrown by murdering King Duncan but because of this he is now a man that we do not recognise, as is his wife; Lady Macbeth. She is now continuously cleaning her hands because she thinks she can see blood on them - this is the after affect of murdering Duncan. In conclusion, I would believe that by the end of Macbeth the audience would judge Macbeth very harshly if they put the play into the context of their own historical knowledge. Indeed, when I first read the play I saw Macbeth as being a weak but ambitious man led on by a clever and manipulating woman in Lady Macbeth. However as my knowledge of both 17th Century Kings and the influence of Christianity increased my opinion of him changed and therefore I started to view Macbeth differently. For example, early on in the play Banquet warned him against the witches but Macbeth did not take any notice of his advice and in the end he paid the price for his naivety. Macbeth was evil by disobeying God and by becoming an agent of the devil he condemned himself to hell. I think that Macbeth was the most effective King. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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