Gothic Story Essay

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Shakespeare as the most famous play writer in the 16th century, he knows human being very well. The human stain and the beauty of human nature are fully described under his work, therefore Macbeth. There are three protagonists which are Macbeth, Banquo and Macduff in his well known tragedy "Macbeth." Banquo and Macduff are the good guy who finally beats the villain Macbeth, but in human beings, the problem can't be solve that simple, because as human beings, Banquo and Macbeth are sometimes the same, great examples will be the altitude toward loyalty and their personal ambition. Macduff is a completely different story, his figure is always being positive, noble and loyal.The first point that can differentiates Macbeth Macduff and Banquo is loyalty. At the beginning of the story, all of them are the great soldiers loyal to King Duncan. But the loyalties of different characters are different. For Macduff, the loyalty means the offspring of King Duncan's family, his loyalty is toward the royal family, no matter it is King Duncan or Duncan II. Evidence would be at the end of the story; he helps the son of King Duncan recapture the kingdom. The loyalty of Banquo is similar to the loyalty of Macduff, but not similar to Macbeth. The identity of Banquo is Macbeth's close friend, a noble person of the kingdom, his loyalty is directly toward the kingdom, he don't care who is the king, therefore, even his loyalty is similar to Macduff but still a little difference. Macbeth's loyalty is completely a different a story, as the cousin of King Duncan, his loyalty is based on the benefits."The service and the loyalty I owe,In doing it,pays itself.Your highness'partIs to receive our duties;and our dutiesAre to your throne and state children and servants,Which do but what they should,by doing every thingSafe toward your love and honour"( scene four,ACT 1)When the kingdom gets stronger, he can gain more benefits from the king. Therefore, even all of Macbeth, Macduff and Banquo have the common element of loyalty, there are still some differences between them, and it could be the foreshadowing of the conflict later on.The second point can different Macbeth, Macduff and Banquo is personal ambition. Compare Macbeth with Macduff and Banquo, Banquo and Macbeth are actually the same kind of person; they are not fulfilled by what the get. For Macbeth, his ambition is for more power, as King Duncan said: "Might have been mine!only I have left to say,More is thy due than more than all can pay."(Scene 4, Act 1 ) The only way to get more power is to become the king. Therefore, King Duncan denies this possibility, he said : "We will establish our estate upon Our eldest,Malcolm,whom we name hereafter The Prince of Cumberland." (Scene 4 Act 1.) At this...

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