Similarities And Differences Between Shakespeare´S Hamlet And Macbeth

830 words - 3 pages

Thanaydi Sandoval
AP Literature
Mrs. Hardy
11 February 2014
Macbeth vs. Hamlet
The Shakespearean playwrights Macbeth and Hamlet are both very well-known tragedies. They have many things in common but are different in some ways. Both plays involve greed but the characters are different. There are some characters that have the same qualities such as Hamlet and Malcolm who both killed for revenge. Macbeth and Hamlet are different in character even though they both killed. The tragedies are the same in that many people are killed but the reasons are very different. Macbeths need for power has caused him to lose control while Hamlets need for revenge causes him to lose his own life.
Both Hamlet and Macbeth fight for what they want and are eventually killed in the end. Something they have in common is that their journeys both start with something evil and spiritual. For example, Hamlet sees the ghost of his father in the beginning and Macbeth runs into the witches and their prophecies. These apparitions lead both of them to their horrible fates. They each have a relationship with supernatural occurrences. Macbeth acts upon the prophecies the witches give him and make him greedy for power. Hamlet feels obligated to follow the instructions of his father’s ghost. Hamlet and Macbeth both make choices that cause them to do evil and horrible things. They each end up killing a king. Macbeth seems to lose his morals because of the supernatural apparitions. Furthermore, both of their consciousness makes them second guess themselves and crazy. Their decisions make them and everyone around them mad. Lady Macbeth, for example, becomes mad because of her conscience and the evil deeds of her husband.
Another thing the plays have in common is that they both have characters that seem to go mad and lose control. While Hamlet is only acting to mislead Claudius, Macbeth’s desire and greed for more power makes him truly mad. In Macbeth, he kills the king, Duncan, so he can become the king. This shows that the play Macbeth is about greed, but Hamlet is about greed as well. In Hamlet, Hamlets uncle, Claudius kills his brother so that he can become king as well. Claudius poisons him and then marries Hamlet’s mother. Two characters that are also the same are Hamlet and Malcolm because they both kill for revenge. Hamlet wants to avenge his father’s death by killing...

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