King is the highest honor someone could have during this time, with that comes respect and loyalty. The king is highly venerated and held at almost a holy standard. One would expect that someone who loves their country would also love their king. Often times the reason for someone not liking their king is the way they rule. Speaking in terms of the play Macbeth, Duncan-the king of Scotland- rules justly and fairly, but he still has plenty of traitors within his group of trusted men. Macbeth only becomes Thane of Cawdor, because of a traitor, but he himself later becomes a traitor. In the beginning it was easy for Macbeth to fight for his king and to honor the name of the man who ruled his land, but once he finds out his future, his entire mindset changes. Macbeth fights and wins a battle in favor for Scotland and king Duncan. A few hours after the battle, the Weird Sisters tell Macbeth what his future looks like. He becomes obsessed with the idea of becoming king and one can sense his thirst for power. He …show more content…
With help from his wife, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth plan a murder and with a little hoaxing from his wife, Macbeth pulls it off. The King plans to dine at the Macbeths’ mansion and plans to stay the night. Duncan feels safe going to stay in the castle of someone who protected him just hours before, but he does not know their fatal plan. The plan involves getting the guards of the king’s room drunk and planting the bloody murder weapon next to them. This will make it look like Macbeth has nothing to do with the treasonous act of killing the ruler. “Why did you bring these daggers from the place? They must lie there. Go carry them and smear The sleepy grooms with blood” (Shakespeare II. ii. 61-64). Macbeth brings the daggers to their room and lady Macbeth is upset that he has not followed the plan, and he risks people seeing it was him who committed
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Analyse how a relationship was used to explore the idea of loyalty, and conversely, betrayal. Loyalty is a fundamental virtue as it holds the structure of society through establishing trust between individuals. To be loyal to someone is to show them the utmost devotion, and the cost of breaking this trust, betrayal, irrevocably damages both parties involved. William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, explores the themes of loyalty and betrayal by showing the decline of a man so consumed by ambition that he goes to extreme lengths to achieve his goal, betraying himself and those close to him, only to lose sight of himself and his values before the end. A relationship that is used to explore these themes explicitly is between Banquo, a Scottish nobleman
Throughout the play loyalty, spite and betrayal was the main catalyst seen in the characters and the story. Banquo was a man who got a prophecy from three witches. “Macbeth will be a thane, Macbeth will be king and Banquo's sons will be kings.”, and some people didn't like that. There once was a great and loved king, and he got killed because of jealousy and spite. Also, a family murdered because of loyalty to the wrong mind.
It is because that Macbeth desires Duncan’s throne. Macbeth defeats the enemy bravely for the country at the beginning. People praise his courage and devotion. Even the king of Scotland, Duncan, admires his contribution, and greets him the thane of Cawdor. However, Macbeth’s ambition is aroused by the witches’ prophecy, which is that he will be the future king.
Another way in which she tries to settle Macbeth is by reminding him of the “air-drawn dagger” that appeared in front of him but was not real. Lady Macbeth could have left Macbeth to make a fool of himself at the banquet, but instead with her tender heart she rushed to help him even after all the wrong he had
Shakespeare Selected Plays Imtiaz Jbareen 204495170 A Close Reading of Macbeth Shakespeare’s brilliance lies within subtle details. Therefore, a close reading of his plays, including Macbeth, presents an insight into the structure of the play. Once this is accomplished, one reaches an understanding of the play and characters through their speeches. This paper discusses Act 2 Scene 1, Macbeth’s soliloquy.
The Tragedy of Macbeth is a play by William Shakespeare set in Scotland about a murderous and vehement king who spirals on a path of destruction as he suffers from the consequences of determining his own fate. The predominant theme portrayed throughout the play is honor vs. loyalty. This is represented through the identification, actions, and quotes of numerous characters. To introduce the theme of honor vs. disloyalty, the characters Banquo and Macbeth exemplify traits that are equivalent with the moral of the story.
On the seemingly quiet eve of the 15th of August, King Duncan of Scotland was assassinated in his sleep. King Duncan was celebrating the death of the vulgar rebel MacDonald at the Thane of Cawdor’s Castle briefly before he was killed. MacDonald was killed by the newly appointed Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth, during combat against the Norwegians. Our sources suggest that as King Duncan was sleeping soundly in his room his ‘ professional’ guards were in an alcohol induced slumber.
In the play Macbeth written by Shakespeare many different themes can be revealed throughout the play. Betrayal has different definitions like one friend going against another for their own gain. The theme of betrayal is illustrated in Macbeth actions to murder King Duncan, Banquo, and Macduff leaving his family. Macbeth demonstrates betrayal by killing King Duncan.
This passage is from Act 2 Scene 1 of Macbeth, a tragedy written by the famous playwright, poet, and actor William Shakespeare. It starts with Macbeth sending off a servant to give Lady Macbeth instructions. This leaves Macbeth alone on the stage to start his famous soliloquy, the Dagger Soliloquy. This soliloquy is important to the play as it characterizes Macbeth, foreshadows his fate after killing Duncan, and elaborates on themes touched upon earlier in the play. To start with, the Dagger Soliloquy characterizes Macbeth well, due to the fact that it is a soliloquy.