Why is Malcolm in England in Macbeth?


Why is Malcolm in England in Macbeth?

King Malcolm III of Scotland:

Macbeth was written after King James assumed the throne of Great Britain and patronage of Shakespeare's performing stage, Unlike Queen Elizabeth I of the house of Tudor who was English through and through, James was Scottish and raised as such. The character Banquo was a depiction of James' actual ancestor. In historical context, Malcolm was Malcolm III of Scotland who ruled from 1058-1093.

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In the first Act One Malcolm is declared King Duncan's heir. In Act Two, Malcolm is at the dinner party where Macbeth kills his father. However,...

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Malcolm in Macbeth: Traits, Character Analysis & Quotes


Chapter 1 / Lesson 14

Though Malcolm is a minor character in Shakespeare's ~'Macbeth,~' he's the rightful heir to the throne of Scotland. Through character analysis, explore how this character changes, matures, and impacts the events in the play.

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