Analyse in detail, the qualities highlighted by the Lord of King Edward & compare them to the characters depicted so far in the play of Macbeth’s rule.
The qualities highlighted by the Lord of King Edward in comparison to the characters depicted so far in the play “Macbeth” of Macbeth’s rule show how diverse the natures and personalities of the characters are. The qualities highlighted are so in the speech and use of language which the characters use. King Duncan in the play is a very spiritual, kind-natured man and Shakespeare uses his character to reflect the nature of King Edward. King Edward is also contrasted to the evil tyranny of Macbeth, these contrasts and reflections of character and going to be explored in this essay.
King Duncan, whom Macbeth murders at the end of Act Two, Scene One yet before the beginning of Act Two, Scene Two, is a kind, complimenting leader as shown by his manner towards Lady Macbeth when he is going to be staying at the Macbeth Castle. Duncan calls Lady Macbeth “our honour’d hostess!” [2.6.10] which shows how complimenting he is. Also he is sensitive and even slightly poetic by saying “This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air
nimbly and sweetly recommends itself, unto our gentle senses.” [2.6.1, 2, 3] His nature is reflected in the personality and nature of King Edward the Confessor, King of England. King Edward is also shown to the audience or reader as being very devout, religious and also a healer. He is said by a doctor to have powers to heal the incurable and to look into the future and make prophecies. The doctor says “the great assay of art; but at his touch,
such sanctity hath heaven given his hand” which means that when Edward touches those who are ill, heaven and God help to heal the person who is touched by the King. This shows the similarities between the previous King of Scotland and the current King of England. These are the qualities of a good King which are demonstrated in the two characters. These...