Duncan's Betrayal In Macbeth

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Macbeth is a play written by Shakespeare in 1606. Macbeth is essentially a story of a warrior who gets consumed by his own greed and ambition. Betrayal is a prevalent theme throughout the play that shifts power between the characters. In the beginning, the Thane of Cawdor betrayed the country and the king. When King Duncan heard the news he removed him from his position, “ No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive Our bosom interest: go pronounce his present death, And with his former title greet Macbeth” (Shakespeare 1:2:63-66). Even though it is not clear how the thane betrayed Scotland, the king still finds out and plans to have him executed for his treason. Due to his betrayal, King Duncan decides to give the title of Thane of Cawdor to Macbeth for his heroic acts in the war. Macbeth will have the power to rule of all of Cawdor. Despite all the power that Macbeth just gained he becomes greedy for more. Macbeth…show more content…
They were successful with their plans because this led Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to titles of King and Queen of Scotland. The final major betrayal is found at the end of the play. Macduff builds an army to take over Macbeth's kingdom. Malcolm inspires the army to take revenge on Macbeth, “Let’s make us med'cines of our great revenge, To cure this deadly grief” (Shakespeare 4:3:220-221). Malcolm wants to get revenge against king Macbeth because Macbeth killed Malcolm’s father. However, since Macbeth is king of all the land opposing him would be treason. Yet Malcolm continues with his plan and forms an army that goes to attack Macbeth. Macduff ends up killing Macbeth himself. Moreover, Malcolm takes the throne for himself. Power and authority shifts once again. Overall, Macbeth is a story tied with death. Furthermore, death works in conjunction with betrayal throughout the play. Betrayal is a very common theme in Macbeth and almost every time it occurs it also comes with a change in
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