Comparing Pop Culture And Old English Literature

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There are simply two types of people in this world; good people and bad people. In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, the King of Scotland (well at least at the beginning of the play) whom is King Duncan, would be labeled as a good person. Duncan is viewed as Macbeth’s opposite, since Macbeth’s characteristics are all made to be pointed out as a bad person. The story of Macbeth is all about greed, power, and guilt. Macbeth becomes greedy when he kills Duncan in order to become king and to gain power. Lady Macbeth on the other hand is stricken with guilt at what she has caused her husband to do. The murder of Duncan is extremely crucial in the story, as is his character himself. In our society now, one person whose actions and words that is quite similar to Duncan’s overall effect is Justin Bieber.
Justin Bieber is similar to Duncan in that they both speak with very kind words to the people around them. Even in the position of king, Duncan’s vernacular could suggest otherwise. Duncan pots others on a high pedestal, speaking kind words such as, “O valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman!” (Shakespeare I.ii.24). He speaks to the other person very highly, and as does Justin Bieber. In an interview with Ink Splot 26, when asked about Usher, whom signed Justin Bieber, he talks nothing but benevolent words about Usher stating “how influential [Usher] is in life and much pride [Usher] takes in guiding me into being the best person I can possibly be” (Ink Splot 26: Justin Bieber Interview). In addition to what they say, is the tone in which they talk. Although Duncan and Bieber both have formal tones, Duncan’s tone is more superior and Bieber’s formal tone has more of a slight street-talk tone to it. When King Duncan tells Ross to send the news to Macbeth about his new title as Thane of Cawdor, Duncan expresses it with a very formal tone (I.ii.67). These types of lines are when the reader can see the superiority in his character. Even when discussing such a controversial topic, Justin Bieber still manages to sound as if he is trying to sound formal. He stutters in his Rolling Stone response slightly saying, “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I don’t know how that would be a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that” (Grigoriadis). As a reader, you can see that he is trying his best to shy away from completely answering the question given that it leads to his formal “street-talk” type of tone. Not to be deceived by these two similarities, there is one difference between Bieber and Duncan that makes their character’s vernacular differ Bieber’s conceit. Duncan is seen as weak, so it comes at no surprise that just a slight self-confidence in someone can seen like conceit compared to him. Justin Bieber’s self-confidence is seen quite clearly in his magazine article with People Magazine where he valiantly utters that “sometimes it’s weird that I go places and I have thousands of people...

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