Duty and Betrayal

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  • Duty and Betrayal
    • duty as moral obligation
      • through character's loyalty to the King
        • Macbeth
          • pretence of duty
            • "the service and the loyalty I owe, / in doing it pays itself." MACBETH
              • dramatic irony
                • audience knows his true thoughts
                • makes the dutiful abstract nouns sound particularly fake
          • becomes King
            • characters are expected to show the same duty to him
              • Banquo changes how he addresses his old friend
                • pledges his allegiance
                  • "let your highness / command upon me, to which my duties / are with a most indissoluble tie / for ever knit" BANQUO
                    • metaphor
        • Macbeth, Banquo and Ross fighting against invaders in beginning
      • Malcolm
        • responsibility of being a son
    • rewards of duty
      • King Duncan
        • rewards Macbeth
          • naming him Thane of Cawdor
        • makes Malcolm Prince of Cumberland
        • promises honours for his other subjects
          • "signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine / on all deservers." KING DUNCAN
      • Malcolm
        • announcing that all loyal Thanes will be made Earls
    • betrayal
      • Macbeth
        • repeatedly linked to damnation and disruption of nature
          • spiritual consequences of betrayal
        • debates duty and betrayal in soliloquy in act 1 scene 7
          • guiltily reminds himself that Duncan has shown "double trust"
            • Macbeth is his host and relative
          • kills the king
            • "to know my deed, 'twere best not know myself" MACBETH
              • realises that his betrayal has made him a different, shameful person
        • "false thanes" leave him
          • Macbeth sees it as a betrayal
          • doing their duty to their country and to the rightful king
        • receives similar death and loss of respect as Macdonwald and Thane of Cawdor for betraying his King and country
      • first characters linked
        • Macdonwald
          • Macbeth cuts open and decapitates
        • original Thane of Cawdor
          • executed
        • loss of honour
          • "the slave" "disloyal traitor"
            • noun phrases


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