Kingship

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    • Others views on what a king should be
      • Luxurious, avaricious, false deceitful, sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin that has a word.'
        • List
          • shows the anger that Malcolm and others feel about Macbeth
          • Shows him rambling
          • Links to the fact that Macbeth has now gone against his religion- he belongs in hell
        • Adjectives
          • 'Avaricious'
            • means greedy for money
            • usually has connotations of a negative trait for a king- he has a greed for the rewards of being king and for power
          • 'decietful'
            • They all believed that Macbeth was loyal and was someone they could trust however his true self has been uncovered.
              • Links to the devil- he has preform the most sinful act.
          • Shakespeare wrote the play for James and this lists is an allusion to his book, Basilikon Doron. In the book he describes what a king should and shouldn't be
      • 'justice, verity, temperance, stableness, bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness, devotion, patience, courage, fortitude'
        • Juxtaposition of lists
          • shows the powerful characteristics of both characters.
        • noun
          • 'Verity'
            • Duncan is truthful, which contrasts with Macbeths cunning approach to becoming king
            • Links to it being a fact that Duncan is to be king as he was chosen by God to be King
          • 'lowliness'
            • King Duncan doesn't care about being King but cared more about his duties of being King
            • He didn't show off his wealth because the quote suggests that he had a commonness about him
    • Plant imagery to describe the way each of the Kings rule
      • 'Though the treasure of natures germens tumble all together, even till destruction sicken'
        • Metaphor
          • Here Macbeth is suggesting that he doesn't care about nature and about God anymore- he wants to take his fate into his own hands and rely on the witches
            • This links to anagnorisis- he had acknowledged the destruction but ignores it
        • violent verb and noun
          • Links to the violent ways in which Macbeth rules- opposite of what a king should be
      • 'I have begun to plant thee and will labour to make thee full of growing'
        • metaphor
          • shows the hope and aspirations he has for Macbeth and Banquo and he has had these hopes since he was a child
        • verb
          • 'labour'
            • to show how hard working the king is as we would usually connotate a king to wanting to help others
            • A king isn't usually talking about himself doing this kind of work as they usually have servants to do it- shows his hard work
      • 'On Tuesday last, a falcon towering in her pride of place, was by a mousing owl hawked at and killed'
        • Imagery
          • The falcon (Duncan) was unseated and killed by the owl (Macbeth)
            • the owl at the time would have had connotations of darker imagery spewing from Norse legends
          • mimics Macbeths soaring ambition breaking the natural divine law of the monarchy by Killing Duncan
          • links to how the play is a national tragedy- Macbeths actions has resulted in the food chain being disrupted.
    • hell and heaven imagery
      • 'Come thick night and pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, that my keen knife not see the wounds it makes'
        • dark imagery
          • the dark imagery here is analogous to the evil of what she's saying
        • irony
          • In Act 1 she calls for darkness, whereas later, in Act 5 she cannot be without a candle or light
            • this links to the idea of once Macbeth has become king there will be no hope
        • Adjective
          • 'dunnest
            • Connotates to the darkest and dimmest place of hell
              • this links to the amount of evil the Macbeth's rule with and the amount of evil they used to get to being on the throne
        • imperative verb
          • mirrors the demanding way in which the Macbeths will rule
            • shows the forced way they got to the throne
      • 'silver skinned laced with golden blood'
        • Imagery
          • used to show the contrast between the dark blood and his light skin, makes the death even more horrendous to visualise for the audience
          • This paints Duncans body as almost treasure because instead of bleeing blood he bled gold. This shows the power of the monarchy
            • This shows how the person who has spilt the blood will have to pay a great price for it

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