Macbeth Character Profile: Duncan (Possess all the qualities of a good…
Macbeth Character Profile: Duncan
Possess all the qualities of a good king
Dignified, gentle, appreciative, compassionate, caring, tender-hearted, humane, generous, kind, fair, equitable, strong-minded, firm, trusting
Praises Macbeth for defeating his enemies "
O valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman!"
and rewards him the title of Thane of Cawdor
Presents Lady Macbeth with a gift of a diamond
Honours Macbeth with a visit to Dunsinane
Profuse in his thanks to Banquo for his loyalty and courage
Decisive and just
Treatment of the treacherous Thane of Cawdor
But why is there a rebellion against Duncan's rule, which almost crushes his kingdom ??
Widely respected figure
Acknowledges Duncan's integrity and fundamental goodness "
Hath been so clear in his great office, that his virtues will pleas like angels, trumpet-tongued, against deep damnation of his taking off"
Display of grief for the dead king is an act but speaks the truth when declaring that Duncan's death, "
renown and grace is dead"
Is aware of Duncan;s virtues and sees the enormity of his proposed murder of him
Undoubtably sees Duncan as a good king "
So clear in his great office?
Duncan has borne his faculties so meek"
Macduff describes the dead king as "
The Lord's anointed temple"
Not a good judge of character
Trusted the initial Thane of Cawdor
Rebelled against him
There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face: he was a gentleman on whom I built an absolute trust"
Also rebels against Duncan's rule
You cannot be sure of a person's Character no matter how secure you feel
Seen as God's representative
His murder seen as a crime against God "
Most sacrilegious murder"
Profoundly disturbs the natural world
Reports of screams in the night
Duncan's Horses turning wild and save
Unnatural behaviour in the animal kingdom
Abnormal darkness the morning after the murder