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Success in life is often derived from careful prioritization Shakespeares play Macbeth is a play about one mans long time ambition which drove his desire to be king and his fall from grace Three characters from the play suffer from misplaced priorities are Duncan Macduff and Banquo King Duncan did not have his priorities in order and as a result death was his ultimate price Firstly Duncan was too ambitious for his own children to become Kings Instead of concentrating on his country and who would make a good King Duncan placed his dream on his children becoming Kings Secondly Duncan should have named Macbeth Prince of Cumberland When Macbeth learns that Malcolm is to be the next King he says The Prince of Cumberland That is a step on which I must fall down or else oerleap for in my way it lies Stars hide your fires Let not light see my black and deep desires the eye wink at the hand yet let that be which the eye fears when it is done to see I iv 47-52 Malcolm was a poor excuse for a soldier and should not become King Duncans naming his son Malcolm as Prince of Cumberland signed his own death warrant If Prince Malcolm would weaken he strength of his country Malcolm is a poor excuse for a soldier although it is customary for a King to pass his crown down to his son Malcolm was not suited to be a King Consequently death was Duncans ultimate price because of his misplaced priorities Macduff was another individual who didnt have his priorities set straight and who suffered for his crime Firstly Macduff did not attend Macbeths coronation Will you to Scone No cousin Ill to fife III I 35-36 Macduff did not attend Macbeths coronation he went to fife to revolt against Macbeth Macbeth later discovered what Macduff had
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