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The good side of Macbeth

Take a walk on the light side...

Macbeth is a dark tragedy written by Shakespeare. Even though this is a bloody evil play, there are many light aspects seen in the characters and situations.

King Duncan

Duncan was the king of Scotland. He was a good king who put his trust in many people, including Macbeth. He wanted what was best for his kingdom, and strove to be a good king. He was very polite when he went to Macbeth's home to spend the night.


Macduff was a loyal follower of the king. He suspected Macbeth was truly a murderer and was not going to stand for Macbeth ruining the country. He traveled to England to seek help from Malcolm, Duncan's son, and the King of England to overthrow Macbeth. He displays his loyalty to Malcolm when Malcolm lied about himself to see if Macduff could be trusted. Macduff was trustworthy and, in the end, rid Scotland of its evil king.

The Porter Scene

A porter appears in Act 2 Scene 3 of Macbeth. There is a knocking on the door, and the porter goes to answer it. As he is going to answer the door, the porter talks about who could be at the door. He pretends to be the gate keeper of hell. This adds some comic relief to the play. It lightens the mood even though it is in a dark time of murder.


Banquo was another good person in the play Macbeth. He was a good friend to Macbeth, and was very truthful. He was not selfish and helped saved his sons life, even though he was going to be killed. After Banquo heard the prophesy from the three witches he was disturbed and he thought long and hard about what they had said. He could not sleep for evil thoughts would creep into his dreams. This shows that Banquo is pure of heart.

Macbeth begins as a good person... even though he is evil in the end

In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a war hero. He shows his loyalty towards the king, and he was brave in battle. When he is told the prophesies, he is startled. He thinks about killing Duncan to become king, but he does not want to. He decides against it in the beginning, but his wife calls him a coward so he agrees with the plan. After the murder of Duncan, Macbeth feels extremely guilty. The blood on his hands disturbs him.