The Title Of King Essay

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The first reason Macbeth should not have assassinated the king was that there was no guarantee that Macbeth would become king. The first, and most obvious reason for this suspicion, is that Macbeth would have lost his chance at the title if he was found to be the culprit. The murder was committed in Macbeth's own home supposedly by the king's own servants. This meant that the accused killers could have most likely carried out the murder anytime, anyplace. So why would they have waited until they came to Macbeth's home, where suspicion of the crime could easily be placed on them? Before the suspects could be questioned however, they were killed by Macbeth. Before he could be questioned, his wife called for aid. While the nobles never turn back to Macbeth, some closer examination could have revealed the act. The result of all this was that Scotland needed a new king. Macbeth seemed very certain that he would become king after these events. He seemed to forget that Duncan had chosen an heir. This is the very reason Macbeth began plotting, and it could have toppled all of this plans. There was a very strong and likely chance that Duncan's son Malcolm would become king after him. Had Malcolm and his brother not fled to escape suspicion, which actually caused it and removed the blame from Macbeth, Malcolm would have probably ascended the throne with little opposition. In the end, a new king had to be chosen, because Malcolm fled. As the blame did not fall on Macbeth, he seemed a likely candidate for royalty. There was the chance however that someone else could have been chosen. Macbeth was not guaranteed the title of king because he could have been accused, Malcolm may not have fled, and even if he had, Macbeth was most likely not the only other candidate for the throne.
The second reason Macbeth should not have assassanated the king, was that there was no guarantee that he would remain king. If Macbeth became king despite the various odds and obsticals, there was no gurantee that he would be...

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