Macbeth Is A Play That Highlights This Turmoil Over The

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Macbeth is a play that highlights this turmoil over the Scottish throne. When the play begins, King Duncan is at war with both Ireland and Norway. Scottish rebels, Macdonwald and the Thane of Cawdor, are helping these foreign forces in a fight against King Duncan. Macbeth is the hero in defeating these forces. Later Macbeth murders King Duncan and blames the killing on Malcolm, the king's son. In this way, Macbeth wrongfully becomes king. He becomes such a tyrant that Malcolm with the aid of the English invades Scotland and reclaims the throne.Duncan acts as you would expect a king to act. When he discovers that the Thane of Cawdor has joined with Norway to overthrow him, he orders that the thane be executed. Because Macbeth has been loyal to the king and has been a great hero in battle, the king rewards him with the title of Thane of Cawdor, which was stripped from the traitor. King Duncan is quick to punish his enemies and reward his supporters. Even though Macbeth has been instrumental in saving Duncan's throne from invaders and rebels, the king names his son Malcolm, not Macbeth, to be Prince of Cumberland and heirs to the throne. This is no surprise because the king's son is usually the heir to the throne. Further, the king is good to Macbeth. Not only does he name him Thane of Cawdor but he gives Lady Macbeth a diamond and gives other gifts of "great largess" when he visits Macbeth's castle. Duncan is shown to be the good king in this play.Macbeth is a good and loyal supporter of King...

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