Comparing The Murder of Duncan in Macbeth and The Assassination of Kennedy


There is a man who is a head of state. He is a very powerful man and is
well liked by his subjects. The people love him. Then he is suddenly,
inexplicably murdered. Someone is blamed for the murder, but the entire country
knows the accused are innocent and are tools used in a cover-up. Does this
situation sound bizarre? Does it sound like some work of fiction? Well, it is.
It is the beginning of William Shakespeare\'s Macbeth. However, it is much more
than that. It is real life. It is the circumstances that surrounded one of the
most surreal periods of time in United States history. It is the situation
surrounding the assassination of one of the US\'s most revered Presidents, John F.
Kennedy. These circumstances suggest that the events which occur in the play
Macbeth are still possible. It is possible for the circumstances surrounding
Macbeth to be repeated in modern day America because no protection provides
absolute safety, some men are still willing to do what Macbeth did, and the ac t
could still be covered up.
No amount of protection provides absolute safety. In today\'s world, it
is easier than ever to kill someone. Any person can buy a cheap pistol and kill
someone. It is also easier to kill without being caught. There are long range
rifles and remote control explosives that can be used as the murder weapon while
the actual perpetrator is far away. Also, it is easier than ever to find a
professional assassin who will kill anyone for the right amount of money. These
latter methods could allow a person to commit murder and easily get away with it.
Even though the actual murderer may be caught, the person financing the
operation could get away untouched.
In Macbeth, Duncan was well protected by his guards. However, he was
still murdered. The guards were overcome through a simple trick. "The doors
are open, and the surfeited grooms Do mock their charge with snores. I have
drugged their possets..." says Lady Macbeth. She had drugged their drinks, and
instead of guarding Duncan, they were asleep. Macbeth was easily able to sneak
past them and kill Duncan. Every precaution available had been taken to insure
Duncan\'s protection. It is not an easy task to get past two armed bodyguards in
a cramped area. However, through some deceit, Macbeth was able to accomplish
this. This reaffirms the statement that no protection is absolute.
Perhaps the best example that no protection is infallible occurs in the
aforementioned situation involving President Kennedy. Kennedy was in a moving
vehicle. There were two Secret Service men directly behind him and countless
others in the crowd. Dallas Police Department officers were placed throughout
the area. Dealy Plaza, the site of the tragedy, was crowded, with many
obstructions such as trees, signs, and an overpass. Protection was tight. The
day was beautiful. The sun was shining. The setting was not right for
assassination. However, it still occurred. Kennedy was killed and the entire
nation stunned. There was a Secret Service agent very close, yet he was not
able to stop the fatal bullet. The limousine driver did not speed up in time to
get the President out of danger. The agents in the crowd were unable to prevent
the deadly shots. With that many people, with all those pre-cautions, President
Kennedy was still killed, proving that protection can be penetrated.
Since the beginning of time, man has wanted power. It is in his basic
nature. It is what drives him. The history of the world serves to prove this
fact. Adam and Eve wanted power equal to God\'s so they ate the apple. Caesar
struggled to become king and to gain power and was killed for his aspirations.
Napoleon had much power. He used it to conquer half of Europe. Hitler craved
power so badly he plunged the world into a war that preceded the detonation of
the atomic bomb. Men crave power. Some of them, like Adam and Eve, were
willing to sacrifice the perfect life to gain their power. They had no jobs, no
wake-up calls. They didn\'t even have to wear clothes! Yet they were willing to
sacrifice all this for the chance that they would have power like God. So we
learn from the first story of the most popular book in the world that man is
willing to trade perfection for more power.
Macbeth loved power. Otherwise, he would never have murdered Duncan.
Macbeth was willing to trade anything