HW5 - Macbeth Reading Guide I ii What happens to the first...

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Macbeth Reading Guide I. ii: What happens to the first Thane of Cawdor? Why? The first Thane of Cawdor has betrayed and fought for Norwegians thereby Duncan executed him to death. Then Macbeth succeeded his position. I.iv: What is Macbeth’s reaction when Duncan declares that Malcolm is his heir? (Note: At this point in Scottish history, the crown did not automatically pass from King to King’s son; at a certain point, the King would choose and declare an heir.) Macbeth reacts with immediate disappointment prior to the prophecy of the three Witches. Since he was proclaimed Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth expected Duncan to proclaim him as the successor as well. I. vii: What evidence do you have that Macbeth is already aware that the original stasis he sought will not be sufficient/that a new stasis will need to be established? (If this idea of stasis – and needing a new stasis – is unclear, reread David Ball, chapter 4.) A stasis according to David Ball’s definition is a condition of balance among various forces, an unchanging stability. According to this definition Macbeth realizes the original stasis presented via the current political structure, where the royals succeed the servants executes. Macbeth is not satisfied with this balance of forces where servants ought to be servants whilst royals ought to succeed in power. If it was Macbeth he might not question this stasis, but however after hearing of the prophecy of the three
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