A Reflection Of The Story Of Bathsheba And Macbeth

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A famous eighties band said “...right till the end friends will be friends” (Queen). Well, that is not the case for King David and Macbeth. Their bond with their considerably most loyal friends does not last for long. Both King David and Macbeth murder their friends. Both were kings at the time when they committed such a crime. Both will later experience a karma-like situation. It would be valid to say that Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a mere reflection of the story of David and Bathsheba. The similarities between the two stories do not end from there. The story of Bathsheba and Macbeth both have themes such as camaraderie, greed, and betrayal. Surprisingly the three themes appear in both stories in that order. The corresponding characters of Macbeth and Banquo could be considerably David and Uriah. Both sets of characters are experienced in warfare and elaborate the theme of camaraderie. Many theological experts say that Uriah was “a soldier” who served “in a foreign army” (Zapotoski). This shows how dedicated Uriah was to David. He was a loyal, “patriotic warrior” who disregarded the fact that he was a gentile (Jackson). Uriah was willing to fight for another nation. In the second book of Samuel, it is written that “kings” would also “go out to battle” according to certain seasons (2 Sam 11:1; NKJV). Although the bible does not say verbatim, one can surmise that both David and Uriah were war buddies. Zapotoski, a Slavic missionary describes Uriah as a “devoted soldier”

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