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Honor in Macbeth?How is honor in Macbeth shown? I'm having trouble finding quotes and...

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feriscool | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 14, 2011 at 11:26 AM via web

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Honor in Macbeth?

How is honor in Macbeth shown? I'm having trouble finding quotes and just talking about honor in general.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 9, 2011 at 5:08 AM (Answer #2)

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To talk about honor in the positive sense, I think you'd have to talk about Macduff or Malcolm.  Both of these men display honor because they will not give in to Macbeth.  Macduff displays honor when he is so anguished at finding out that Malcolm seems to be no better than Macbeth.  Malcolm shows honor by being so adamant about how a king should behave.  These two men can be directly contrasted with Macbeth who has so much ambition and so little honor.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 18, 2011 at 8:36 AM (Answer #3)

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I believe that a more appropriate topic would be to show the "lack of honor" in Macbeth.  There are far many more examples which show behavior which is not honorable: the murders, poisonings, and belief in the witches' premonitions.

But, if forced to, I agree with post #2- you could not look at Macbeth; you would, instead, need to look at other characters like Banquo.

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