In Macbeth, how does Macbeth treat his servants [5.3.11-17], and how does this fit with Banquo's comment about ill fitting robes?

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As Malcolm's forces close in on the castle, Macbeth's soldiers run away, deserting him before the battle. Many crossed over to fight with Macbeth's enemies. He is infuriated as his kingdom crumbles about him and takes out his fury on a terrified servant nearby:

The devil damn...

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As Malcolm's forces close in on the castle, Macbeth's soldiers run away, deserting him before the battle. Many crossed over to fight with Macbeth's enemies. He is infuriated as his kingdom crumbles about him and takes out his fury on a terrified servant nearby:

The devil damn the black, thou cream-faced loon.

Where got'st thou that goose look?

Macbeth's situation and his relationship with this servant show that Angus's previous assessment of Macbeth was correct:

Those he commands move only in command,

Nothing in love. Now does he feel his title

Hang loose about him, like a giant's robe

Upon a dwarfish thief.

Macbeth was the monarch only because he stole Duncan's crown. In no way did his nature equal Duncan's royal nature. Macbeth's subjects felt no love or loyalty for him; those who stayed and obeyed did not do so by choice.

 

 

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