William Shakespeare's Macbeth Essay

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William Shakespeare's Macbeth

William Shakespeare who had already written numerous plays on the subject of kingship wrote Macbeth in 1605/6. This play is a tragedy, much like that of Hamlet, which depicts the murder of a King and all the consequences that follow such a crime. This play was performed before King James VI of Scotland, I of Great Britain, who came to the English throne in 1603. There are all sorts of issues that can be drawn from this fact such as, King James had a fascination with witchcraft, which suggests that Macbeth might have been centred around witches to please the King. Shakespeare spent a lot of his time writing about Kings, especially English ones.

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The Captain does so and tells the King of the bravery and valour that Macbeth had shown.

"For brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name" (Act I, i, 16)

Duncan then proceeds to give the title of Thane of Cawdor to Macbeth after the previous Thane had died during battle. This shows bounty in Duncan because he is giving out a reward to the correct man seeming as Macbeth had fought well in the fight and deserved the reward. Duncan also shows devotion to his people in this scene. At the end of the scene after the Captain had finished his report, because he was injured, Duncan tells his attendants to go and find medical help for the Captain.

"They smack of honour both. Go get him surgeons." (Act I, i, 45)

Another show of this devotion comes at the end of Act I, iv where he is commending Banquo.

"True, worthy Banquo; he is full so valiant,

And in his commendations I am fed;

It is a banquet to me. Let's after him

Whose care is gone before to bid us welcome.

It is a peerless kinsman." (Act I, iv, 55-59)

Duncan also has temperance and stableness as he never loses his temper and stays level-headed throughout the time he is on stage. He does not get angry and in a production that I saw at my school of Macbeth, Duncan was played as a calm, collected individual who took everything slow and who stayed stable throughout his performance. Also Duncan was played

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