Take Home Final Essay

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In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Claudius, Laertes, and Fortinbras are three main foils to the main character: Hamlet. They serve an important role in illuminating certain qualities in him, that might not have otherwise been seen. Claudius is a decisive man in that he does not let anything stand in the way of what he wants; the end justifies the means. Laertes and Fortinbras are both young men that seek revenge for the murders of their fathers. Hamlet shares qualities with each characters, but the way he reacts is different, shedding some light on his personality.
Claudius is the man who murdered Hamlet’s father: his own brother; and married his wife, so that he can be king. By doing so, the ...view middle of the document...

She was the one to push him and pressure into following through with their plans. Macbeth was a very brave warrior, and loyal servant to the crown, but after meeting the witches, he began to question himself. He began to wonder how he will become king. He already had the idea of becoming king, but the key to his success was Lady Macbeth. She was the one who told him that the witches are right, and the one to make the plan.
The witches told him that he will become that Thane of Cawdor, and that he will be king. He did not know how or if he could, but he was very intrigued by the idea of becoming king. He trusted the witches because right after they vanished, men came to him and told him that he was the Thane of Cawdor, which made him realize that if that can come true, being king will come true as well The prophecy of the witches is important because that is what have him the confidence to aspire to become king. The witches give him to will to go on and pursue the crown.
Macbeth had the idea of becoming king in his mind, but he could not fathom doing anything rash to get the crown. Due to his lack of will and ambition, Lady Macbeth stepped in and pushed him to become the king. She was very cunning, using tricky words to manipulate Macbeth into thinking he needs to kill the king for himself. She got him to believe that killing the king would be very beneficial to him, so that he can gain more power and be the rightful king. She also tells him that he needs to muster all the courage he can in order for her plans to work. She makes him think that killing the king would be a good thing, which changes him personality. If Lady Macbeth had not manipulated him, Macbeth would still be a nobleman loyal to the crown.
I agree with the statement that says “Macbeth is a throughly representative human being.” I agree with it because any rational person, with the same...

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