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A Comparison Of Characters In Macbeth And The Tempest

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The main characters in a story all have very similar characteristics as the main characters in other stories. The main characters in Macbeth and Tempest are both faced with similar dilemmas that they solve in similar ways, yet each one had their own unique way of going about it. Prospero and Macbeth are both trying to proclaim their power as leader, or king, and they each have to figure out if they should, and how they should solve the problem. Macbeth and Prospero are both very important characters in the texts Macbeth and Tempest and share, but also differ, in some qualities and traits.
Macbeth is a character that is persuaded easily by the people around him throughout the text Macbeth. Like many of Shakespeare’s characters, he is of some importance in the community. Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s many tragedies, which are all similar in some ways. “It was in William Shakespeare’s later period, after 1600, that he wrote the tragedies Hamlet, King Lear, Othello and Macbeth. In these, Shakespeare’s characters present vivid impressions of human temperament that are timeless and universal.” (Jeet) His tragedies are all based off of at least one person who pretty much just messes everything up. Macbeth is this character, however he doesn’t think it all up by himself. “Lady Macbeth is Shakespeare’s most evil feminine creation.” (Mabillard) Lady Macbeth is the one who in the end persuades Macbeth to go through with him plan. Macbeth thinks a lot of his wife, which is one of his characteristics, which is usually a good thing except for in this play. Because he loves her and believes her so much, she listens to her ideas about what supposedly has to be done, and he obeys her in a sense. “He that's coming/Must be provided for: and you shall put/This night's great business into my dispatch;/Which shall to all our nights and days to come/Give solely sovereign sway and masterdom.” (Act 5, Scene 5 , lines 58-63) In these lines in the play, Lady Macbeth is telling Macbeth why he needs to go through with the plan that they have for his own benefit.
Prospero is a character in the play Tempest who really sees what needs to be done, and does it without anyone else’s permission. Many readers believe that the play is about forgiveness, however Prospero doesn’t really play that part well throughout the course of the play. “Prospero feels free to forgive those who sinned against him only after he has emerged triumphant and has seen the men, now mournful and "penitent", pay for their transgressions.” (Solomon)It is obvious in some parts of the story that Prospero thinks that revenge is the answer, and although he may say that he forgives someone, he really doesn’t feel that way. “For you, most wicked sir, whom to call brother/Would even infect my mouth, I do forgive/Thy rankest fault, -- all of them; and require/My dukedom of thee, which perforce, I know,/Thou must restore.” (Act 5 Scene 1Lines 130-134) In these lines he is trying to tell Antonio that he...

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