In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth it is believed that the universe and king were connected. Therefore, if the two were connected, when the king was killed the universe would respond with unnatural events. In this play, the unnatural events foreshadow evil. The unnatural occurrences in Macbeth predict the downfall of the kingdom and death of Macbeth; since the universe is connected with the king.
The people of the Elizabethan time period believed in the divine right of kings, which was the belief that the king was God’s chosen representative on earth who also spoke to God. Killing the king would bring disorder to the universe. An example of this disorder is when Macbeth kills Duncan. The day after the murder of Duncan, Ross and an old man have a discussion about the unnatural occurrences that have happened. In their discussion the old man says that last Tuesday, a hawk flying high in the air was attacked and killed by an owl hunting mice. A line from Ross and the old mans’ conversation: “Tis unnatural, Even like the deed that’s done. On Tuesday last A falcon, tow’ring in her pride of place, Was by a mousing owl hawk at and killed (1).”
The second unnatural occurrence is when Duncan’s horses broke down their stalls. After breaking down their stalls, they run out. While free from captivity, not listening to anyone they then ate each other. Ross explains to the old man of the unnatural event: “And Duncan’s horses-a thing most strange and certain-Because and swift, the minions of their race, Turned wild in nature, broke their stalls, flung out, Contending ‘gainst obedience, as they would make War with mankind (2).”
The belief of the divine right of kings is that the king and the universe are connected. If the King performs bad actions while he controls the kingdom, the universe will start to have disorder or also known in this situation as unnatural events. When Malcolm lists the talents in a king: “But I have none: the king-becoming graces, As justice, verity, temp’rence, stableness, Bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness, Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude (3).” Macbeth has only a few of the listed talents. This means that Macbeth is not fit to rule because while he is in control, the universe will continue to be in disorder.
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