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What in Shakespeare’s view makes a good king? In your answer you should discuss various kingly features presented and anything else you feel is important.

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English Essay - Macbeth What in Shakespeare's view makes a good king? In your answer you should discuss various kingly features presented and anything else you feel is important. In this essay I will present Shakespeare's view of a good king. I will study the characters of Macbeth, Banquo, Duncan and Malcolm and show which features they have of a good king and indeed their bad characteristics. I will also discuss the fact that maybe this play was written for king James, who was king at the time. And indeed the play contains many of the interests of king James (i.e. he was the ninth Stuart of the time and in Act four scene one when the kings come out the eighth king is holding a mirror aimed at James showing his descent from Banquo and also his goodness) Firstly I will start off with the Character of Macbeth. At the beginning of the play we see that he is potentially a good king - he is honest and loves his country. ...read more.


The witches tell him that no man born of a woman can harm him and so get gets overconfident and thinks he's invincible. He firstly kills Banquo and then others such as the thane of fife's wife, Lady Macduff. This was Macbeth's biggest mistake. After this Macduff and the people of Scotland revolt and kill Macbeth. Overall Macbeth would have been a good king if only he hadn't Killed Duncan. He probably would have got his place on the throne if he hadn't jumped to conclusions thinking he had to kill everyone to get it. Next I will move onto the character of Banquo. Banquo was a good and honest family man. He is almost god like in the things he does. He was the one who warned Macbeth to be weary of the witches and what truths they speak. And, he was right. The witches only told him half-truths like no man born of a woman can kill him. ...read more.


throne and state, children and servants, Which do but what they should by doing everything Safe toward your love and honour..." This quote means that he is happy just to serve him and to protect his family and country. We also learn that he can't judge anyone who serves them because he believes that they are pure and good like him. These are the most important qualities of a king, "...He was a gentleman on whom I built an absolute trust..." He sees his men quite highly he is always calling them noble and worthy. This shows that he respects his men. I think Duncan represents the purest of people. Shakespeare could have used him to highlight the "God - like" features of a king and also as a contrast with Macbeth (good vs. evil) He also shows us that he is generous - he gave Lady Macbeth a diamond, even though she was going to kill him. By killing him it shows that they have just killed the perfect king. Finally I will discuss whether or not Malcolm would be a good king http://www.planetpapers.com/ ...read more.

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