In Shakespeare’s production Macbeth several kings, or kings to be, are introduced: Duncan, Macbeth, Sir Edward the Confessor, and Malcolm. Malcolm although only seventeen, is far superior to the rest. His well-rounded character, words of wisdom and ability to make patient, well thought out decisions proves him the best again and again. With the help of his own personal skills and reputation Malcolm is able to take back the throne that should have been his all along.
The first thing that proves Malcolm to be a good king is simply the things he says and how people listen and respond. Words of confidence, compassion, authority, and strength are passed on to fellow soldiers, friends and family. A prime example of this is when Malcolm leads his army with Macduff to Macbeth’s castle and says to Siward: “You, worthy uncle, shall, with my cousin, your right noble son, lead our first battle: worthy Macduff and we shall take upons what else remains to do, According to our order.” This shows Malcolm’s respect and authority, he really shows he cares about the person individually and that everyone is important. This also demonstrates he is not afraid to take control of the situation and hold himself responsible under any circumstances. Another powerful quote of Malcolm’s is when he says: “Our lack is nothing but our leave.” This quote Shows Malcolm’s ambition and confidence, anything must be possible to a king in order to initiate change, to help solve problems in there kingdom. Malcolm shows and expresses his loyalty to Scotland:
I think our country sinks beneath the yoke.
It weeps…my poor country.
A good ruler must have a passion for their kingdom, which Malcolm definitely shows by saying this. Furthermore after fully testing to see if Macduff can be trusted Malcolm explains how he is unknown to woman, has never been caught in a lie, barley needs the things he has and has never broken his faith, all exceptional king qualities.
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