How does Shakespeare present ideas about kingship in the play?

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  • How does Shakespeare present ideas about kingship in the play?
    • Divine rights of kings
      • Under Duncan's reign everything is peaceful.
      • Under Macbeth's reign nature is overturned. E.g. day turns to night and horses eat each other
      • At the time people believed that the king was appointed by God and no one else
    • In Scotland at the time, the successor doesn't have to be the king's eldest son
    • Bad King (Macbeth)
      • Bloody
      • Avaricious
      • False
      • Decetiful
      • Malicious
      • Smacking of every sin that has a name
    • Good King (Malcolm)
      • Verity
      • Mercy
      • Stableness
      • Courage
      • Devotion
      • Perseverance
      • Patience
    • Duncan is presented as the ideal king because he is "gracious" and inspires loyalty in his subjects who see him as the "most sainted king" and the rightful ruler of Scotland instead of Macbeth
    • Macbeth is described as a "tyrant" because he rules by killing anyone who is a threat to him. He is rarely referred to as "king" which shows other characters don't accept him as their true king

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