The three kings in Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth,” Duncan, Malcolm, and Macbeth, have quite different ways of ruling.
             The three kings that reign in “Macbeth” each have a different
             perspective on their ambition. Macbeth is an extremely ambitious
             man who will do just about anything to achieve his goals. He is never
             satisfied even after he is given the title as Thane of Cawdor. This just
             makes him want the throne even more. “The Prince of Cumberland!
             That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’er leap, for in my
             way it lies.” (p. 159) After Duncan announced that his eldest son
             Malcolm would be heir to the throne, Macbeth decided he must kill
             Duncan in order to gain the throne. This is the kind of sick ambition
             that Macbeth shows throughout the play. Duncan is a much less
             ambitious man than Macbeth. He really shows little ambition during
             his small part in the play. In the opening act of “Macbeth” the only
             ambition that Duncan shows is when he finds that the Thane of
             Cawdor is a traitor. “What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won.” (p.
             151) Duncan is talking about giving the title of Thane to Macbeth.
             He shows a bit of ambition in doing this. Malcolm is King Duncan’s
             son. When his father is killed he flees along with his brother. His
             ambition is not necessarily to be king but eventually to find and kill
             the man who killed his father. He also wants to get Macbeth off the
             throne. He leads a revolt against Macbeth. “Cousins, I hope the days
             are near at hand that chambers will be safe.” (p. 216) Malcolm is a
             courageous man that is fighting for the freedom of himself and his
             In “Macbeth,” Duncan, Malcolm, and Macbeth each have
             different ways that their subjects look to them. King Duncan is
             generally seen as a good king. His subjects look up to them and are
             loyal for the most part. Duncan is a generous king...

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