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In Shakespeares play MacBeth we see many themes from loyalty and treachery to guilt and ambition Shakespeare shows us how someone with extreme loyalty to king and country can change to utter treachery and betrayal against what he was so loyal to Macbeth is a fearless warrior and an important lord however as we see in the play his fatal weakness is ambition As the play progresses he allows the witches prophecy and his wifes pushiness to undermine his loyalty Macbeth starts off at the beginning of the play by being extremely loyal to his king and his country and this is shown in the first act where MacBeth goes off to fight for the king to kill the traitor The Thane Of Cawdor who was made an outcast by joining forces with the Norwegians who were fighting Scotland at the time In the battle the captain reported back to the king saying on act 1 scene 2 line 16-18 For Brave MacBeth With his brandished steel Which smoked with execution This showed MacBeths loyalty to Duncan the King and that he was willing to slaughter so many people for his king and country Duncan the king although he disappears at the end of act 1 shows what a king should be he is honest sincere and honourable This is a term that he uses himself to describe a captain that was wounded fighting for him and could sum up the qualities of courage integrity and loyalty the opposite of the treachery that finally kills him Another type of loyalty is shown in the play by Lady MacBeth to MacBeth When she first appears in the play she is dominant determined and can also be quite frightening in her determination that her husband will be the king What Macbeth wants is tame when compared to Lady Macbeth Within a short time of meeting her in
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