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Shakespeares ideas towards kingship can be seen throughout the play He shows that a king should be chosen by divine right and shows the attributes of what a good king should be The play Macbeth is set in medieval Scotland at the fictional time of King Duncan Scotland is currently at war with the Norwegians when news of their victory comes through with thanks to the two leaders of the army Macbeth and Banquo On their travel home Macbeth and Banquo stumble upon some old hags and they predict Macbeths future to him This startles Macbeth and his hunger for power grows so much that he and his wife plot to murder the well-respected King Duncan Under Macbeths reign Scotland becomes a country of turmoil because of the wicked leadership Macbeth murders his best friend and another friends family and because of this Tyranny paranoia sets in on Macbeth who sees many ghostly visions of people he sent out to be murdered Scotland greatly suffers under his reign this turns Lady Macbeth mad and she eventually commits suicide Macduff eventually goes to England to ask for the help of the noble king Edward who is highly respected for help to overthrow the leadership of Macbeth and so the Anglo-Scottish revolt sees Macbeth to his death and Malcolm the son of Duncan is proclaimed king of Scotland Macbeth is the main character in the play and starts the play as a very hard fighting loyal soldier whose bravery had just led the way to a victory over the Norwegians It could be an essay in its own right to talk about how the character of Macbeth develops and changes at the beginning he is a god-like hero a firm strong loyal character But through allowing his ambition to suppress his good qualities he becomes this tyrant act4 sc3 L12 Malcolm this dwarfish thief act5 sc3 L12 Angus and this hellhound act5 sc6 L42 Macduff
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