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Macbeth's Legacy

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The play Macbeth was based on a late king of Scotland Mac Bethad mac Findlaích. This person has many differences and similarities of the Macbeth in play. Mac Bethad mac Findlaích was then greatly inspired for the Shakespeare's play. " In 1054, Macbeth was challenged by Siward, Earl of Northumbria, who was attempting to return Duncan's son Malcolm Canmore, who was his nephew, to the throne. In August 1057, Macbeth was killed at the Battle of Lumphanan in Aberdeenshire by Malcolm Canmore" (Macbeth." Biography.com. A&E Networks Television). The three that'll be explained about the true Macbeth are: his life, his ruling, and lastly his legacy. Macbeth's early life when he was born in Alba in central Scotland around 1005 the same…show more content…
"Macbeth's character has been so vividly pictured and immortalized by Shakespeare's play that separating the man from the myth is a challenge for any historian. What can be deduced is that he is much more likely to have slain Duncan in battle than to have murdered him in his sleep while a guest in his own castle" (Duncan and MacBeth). On the one hand, he successfully maintained Scotland's freedom resisting his more powerful neighbors' territorial ambitions, as did Macbeth. On the other hand, his traders sold produce across Europe, so he did not isolate his small nation from the world beyond. Similarly, Macbeth trod the European stage dealing with the Holy Roman Emperor and the Pope, visiting them and forging alliances. This legacy, represented by the earlier Macbeth and the later Alexander, informs a tendency for Scotland to see herself as a secure and stable base from which people can participate in a global community. When more people see themselves as members of an inter-dependent world, with common responsibilities for the welfare of all, humanity will shift from selfishly thinking about the interests of a few, to considering the needs of…show more content…
In his early life is Macbeth father was Finlay Mormaer of Moray, and many historians believe his mother may have been Donada, the daughter of Malcolm II. In his native language of Gaelic, the name Macbeth means ‘Son of Life’. He held the title ‘Mormaer’, which translates as a type of high steward. The main focus of the ruling of Macbeth is Macbeth is widely believed to have been a strong and respected warrior. He was thirsty for power and wanted to become the next king. It said that he engaged the reigning king, Duncan I, in battle at a place called Elgin in Morayshire, and, upon his death, took control of the whole kingdom. Macbeth's legacy, in this view, transformed the role of monarch from one that treated Scotland as a "Viking base to be wheeled under threat for its tribute" to one that knitted the country together. To do this, he set out to nurture leaders "who would cleave to him" and "work in amity" with each other. "So even though in the tragedy, Macbeth is portrayed as a killer who murdered to become and stay the king of Scotland. In reality, Macbeth the man was much different from the fictional king" (Macbeth King of Scotland | Who Kills Macbeth | How Does Macbeth
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