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The Elizabethan Concept of the King Intro Our actions define who we are Who we are defines our actions This concept has been common to man throughout history and the Elizabethans are no exception They applied this statement to their kings in an attempt to classify them as good or bad strong or weak In the play Macbeth we notice many references to the characteristics of a good king The Elizabethan view was that if a king was weak he would be taken advantage of and killed Thesis Statement The Elizabethan view of the king has taught us that a king must possess certain characteristics in order to survive A king must have physical and emotional strength good judgement intelligence confidence and rational thinking or he will be killed 1st point - physical and emotional strength Topic Sentence A good king must possess physical and emotional strength or he will be taken advantage of and killed Duncan -Act I Scene II -Reveals King Duncan as mild and benevolent but weak and unfit to be a king -Shows his physical weakness because there was rebellion and invasion but Duncan was not out leading his army I II 1 -Act I Scene IV -Shows Duncans emotional weakness -He is too weak and shows over-gratitude I IV 33 Macbeth -Macbeth shows emotional weakness when he hallucinates -During Macbeths soliloquy in Act II Scene I he hallucinates and sees a dagger floating in front of him II I 33 As you can see through these examples both Duncan and Macbeth show physical weakness and in return are both killed 2nd point - good judgement Topic Sentence In order for a king to stay in power and stay alive he must make the right decisions and use good judgement Duncan -Uses bad judgement by giving Macbeth the title of Thane of Cawdor -Rewards Macbeth and not Banquo which could cause
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