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Macbeth - Theme of Kingship - Key Theme

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Rosemary Kelly

on 30 May 2014

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Transcript of Macbeth - Theme of Kingship - Key Theme

Godliness
At the time of the play, the King was seen as God's representative on earth.
Duncan is a prime example.
"God's annointed temple"
Duncan's death provokes unnatural events.
King Edward and his divine healing powers.
Macbeth is presented to us as a devil.
"Devilish Macbeth" and "Fiend of Scotland".
Macbeth cannot say "amen" after killing Duncan.
He is not the true King, and therefore is a devil.
Social Harmony
Macbeth promotes chaos over order.
He causes Scotland to be a diseased state.
He is not aware that he is the cause of this.
"Alas poor country!/Almost afraid to know itself."
Malcolm restores social order by sending his army to defeat Macbeth.
Becomes the true King.
Duncan
Is a virtuous king - agent of God.
Saintly. - "God's annointed temple"
Trusting, however he is too trusting.
He trusts Macbeth straight after his last Thane of Cawdor betrayed him.
His death evokes sympathy in the audience, highlighting the darkness of Macbeth.
Macbeth: Key Themes
Theme of Kingship
Core theme of "Macbeth"
Key characters include; Duncan, Macbeth and Malcolm.
Possible LC Question, know this topic well!
Beloved King
Duncan evokes love and loyalty.
His death evokes sympathy from the audience.
He rewards those who are loyal to him.
After Macbeth wins the battle in Act 1, Duncan promotes him as Thane of Cawdor.
On the night of his death, Banquo cannot sleep, fearing something will happen.
Malcolm too inspires loyalty.
Macbeth's followers fear him and desert him for Malcolm.
Malcolm
Posses kingly values.
He is a capable leader, as he leads an army against Macbeth.
He displays tactical wisdom as he tests Macduff before he trusts him.
Also tells the army to disguise themselves with tree branches.
He inspires loyalty, as he rewards those who are loyal.
He invites everyone to his coronation and rewards his soldiers.
He invites those who left Scotland during Macbeth's reign back.
He is a symbol of Kingship and social order.
Sends his army against Macbeth and becomes King at the closing of the play.
Macbeth
Presented as a devil.
He cannot say "Amen" after murdering Duncan.
Promotes chaos over order.
Murders innocent children, including Macduff's family.
Opposes the natural order. After he murders Duncan, unnatural events take place with the animals.
He is a tyrant King.
"Fiend of Scotland".
His followers fear him and eventually desert him.
Macbeth is presented as unfit to wear the "golden round".
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