King Duncan and Macbeth Essay

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“Security is mortal’s chiefest enemy”
- Hecate (III, v, 32-33), Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare comments through Hecate that the greatest enemy of mankind is seeking security. In this scene, Hecate is planning the destruction of Macbeth by building his confidence and in the process; she gives us a hint to our lives. This can also be related to our society when one tries to gain a higher rank that results in becoming his nemesis. An example of this is Tiger Woods. The image of the very successful golfer, Tiger Woods, as a clean-cut family man has been lost forever in a scandal from which he may never recover. As shown in the play Macbeth by Shakespeare, the pursuit of security can lead to tragedy.

“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough” (Frank Crane). Stated by Frank Crane, this quote directly relates to the trust and confidence Duncan has on his thanes especially the two Thanes of Cawdor. “He was a gentleman on whom I built an absolute trust.” (I, iv, 15-16). In the preceding quote, Duncan tells us about the absolute trust he had in the first Thane of Cawdor. It is this confidence that Duncan has in his thanes that result’s to be his nemesis. On the other hand, the Prince of Cumberland, Malcolm’s character was opposite to that of his father. In the quote, “Macduff, this noble... and honour” (IV, iii, 129-132) Malcolm tests Macduff to make sure he was not an ally of the enemy before placing his trust in Macduff. This contradicts his father’s belief that his subjects are trustworthy. In the following quote, Duncan tells us about the mistake he made. “There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in face” (I, iv, 13-14). It is ironic that Duncan says that it is impossible to trust or know about a person’s character just by their looks because Duncan makes another mistake of trusting Macbeth and saying that Macbeth deserves more than what he has. “No more that...
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