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Donalbain Macbeth Analysis Essay

In Macbeth, Donalbain is a son of King Duncan. His older brother is Malcolm, the heir to the throne of Scotland. Though he is present throughout the early scenes of the play, Donalbain does not speak, which makes it difficult to glean any details about his character. When his father is murdered in Act II, Scene 3, Donalbain realizes this act has a political motive, and he expresses some fear to his brother, Malcolm:

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In Macbeth, Donalbain is a son of King Duncan. His older brother is Malcolm, the heir to the throne of Scotland. Though he is present throughout the early scenes of the play, Donalbain does not speak, which makes it difficult to glean any details about his character. When his father is murdered in Act II, Scene 3, Donalbain realizes this act has a political motive, and he expresses some fear to his brother, Malcolm:

Hid in an auger-hole, may rush and seize us?

Let’s away.

In other words, Donalbain realizes his father's murder has a direct impact on his own life. While concerned for his own life (and his brother's), he still mourns the loss of his father, which suggests that he has strong family ties. This is shown in the next line:

Our tears are not yet brewed.

Donalbain does not flee with his brother. Instead, he goes to Ireland because he knows that being separated from Malcolm will ensure a better chance of survival. In this respect, Donalbain is politically very astute. Moreover, that Donalbain intends on raising on army suggests that he is keen to fight back and that he does not shy away from danger and physical violence. As such, he will protect his family's dynasty, whatever the cost. 

Macbeth Scene Analysis Essay

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Ross retrieving crown scene. This scene, when tied with the previous scene at the castle of Macduff, shows Ross as being a double sided character. When Polanski first suggested that Ross was the “mysterious” third assassin, we are lead to believe that Ross is like a right hand man for Macbeth. In the film, when Ross arrives at the place of Banquo's murder you can see that he is the “odd” murderer. This being that he has the highest rank and most notable title of the three men sent to do the deed of silencing Banquo. After Banquo's death Ross seems like Macbeth's messenger of death (in the movie). Ross is later connected to the deaths of the two murderers, and the entire Macduff clan- both groups being looked badly upon by Macbeth. Near the…show more content…

It looks as if he wipes the blood off the rim and repositions it in his hands as he walks towards Malcolm to present the crown to his new king. This last scene along with the Thane of Cawdor/ Necklace scene was not included in the play, I think Polanski did this to show how Ross was “betrayed” by Macbeth and decided to go against him for that very reason. Ross ultimately wants to stay on the “winning side” of Scottish politics, and has ambition to stay among the top ranks.

Donalbain's trip to see the Witches. Once Malcolm is declared King of Scotland, we see a person wandering away from the declaration ceremony. This turns out to be Donalbain, Malcolm's younger brother. We observe him wandering into a field covered with fog, a familiar chanting in the background. Donalbain has an unexplained limp throughout the film, and when he gets off his mount, he limps around the witches lair. This is the exact spot that caused the entire “tradgedy” of Macbeth, being where Macbeth and Banquo first heard of their fortunes (and misfortunes in Banquo's case). Macbeth also came back to see farther into the future, and in the “apparition” warning Macbeth of the coming of Birnam Wood to Dunsinane- Malcolm and Donalbain are the ones speaking this prophesy to him. In my opinion, it makes sense for Malcolm to be in this “vision” because he was present during the defeat of Macbeth, but Donalbain was nowhere in sight. The movie ends before we see what happens with Donalbain and the

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