Loyalty In Macbeth

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The Tragedy of Macbeth is a play by the famous playwright, William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare’s plays are known for his character’s dramatic aspects and how they are portrayed in the play towards the reader or onlooker. Macbeth illustrates importance of Kingship and Natural Order. In Macbeth the notion of honor is of one’s word and loyalty to one’s superior, in this case the king, King Duncan. Despite of this, Macbeth displays defective relationships that loyalty is essential to the relationship. By killing his comrade and friend, Banquo, Macbeth shows that he is untrustworthy and his egocentric mind. By killing his king and relative, Duncan, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth reveal their ambitiousness toward the hierarchy. Upon hearing the report of Macbeth becoming the Thane of Cawdor and the prophecy that he will become king, Lady Macbeth prays to the spirits,“...Come, you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of…show more content…
Macbeth does not wish for this prophecy to come perfected, so he employs assassins saying to him, “I will advise you where to plant yourselves, Acquaint you with the perfect spy o’ th’ time, The moment on’t; for 't must be done tonight, And something from the palace; always thought That I require a clearness. And with him-To leave no rubs nor botches in the work- Fleance, his son, that keeps him company…” (Act 3 Scene 1) His plan is for Banquo and his son, Fleance, to be killed by the assassins so the prophecy will not come genuine. Macbeth’s plan does not work, even though Banquo is slain by the assassins, Fleance flees from the scene and lives. Even though Fleance lived Macbeth says, “He’s the worm that’s fled Hath nature that in time will venom breed, No teeth for the present.” (Act 3 Scene 4) This quote from Macbeth means that he is ignorant, he does not know the true threat of keeping Fleance

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