From Macbeth:  I have to write a eulogy for King Duncan, from Macbeth, I was just wondering if I could get some important tips that would be necessary to include.Just in case, so the eulogy has to...

From Macbeth:  I have to write a eulogy for King Duncan, from Macbeth, I was just wondering if I could get some important tips that would be necessary to include.

Just in case, so the eulogy has to be written from the point of view of Macbeth at king Duncan's funeral, and I was just wondering if I could get some key aspects and points of what I need to include :) thankyou

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Macbeth both respects and fears Duncan's power and strength of character.  In fact,  these contributing factors worried Macbeth the most as he contemplated Duncan's assassination:

Besides, this Duncan
Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been
So clear in his great office, that his virtues
Will plead like angels trumpet-tongued against
The deep damnation of his taking-off; (I.7.16-20)

Macbeth recognizes that Duncan as the rightful king is noble, humble, and virtuous, even fearing the retribution of angels for killing a man with so many admirable qualities. 

In Macbeth's eulogy, consider how Macbeth would want to honor the fallen king, drawing attention to his many virtues.  He might also want to make a point of calling for justice in the king's death, with a declaration that the murderers have gotten what they deserved (remember he attempted to frame the king's servants as the murderers).  Macbeth in his soliloquies definitely liked to use large amounts of imagery and metaphor, so perhaps you could have him comparing the fallen king to something noble.

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