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This essay will thoroughly canvass the main themes of Hamlet and Macbeth, and will evaluate, with profound tending, which are the points that the two of them have in common and which are those that show contrast.

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Introduction

Hamlet vs. Macbeth William Shakespeare By: In�s Tovo William Shakespeare is probably regarded as one of the most significant and transcendent writers of the entire human history. His writings are a legend of the past, and emblem of the Renaissance literature in England, which endured all throughout the course of time. They still live among us, and even if the world has changed, Shakespeare's plays are still part of most of the people's book shelves and college libraries. Shakespeare is a versatile author, he has written sonnets, plays and poems, and has even performed some of his plays on some of the most famous theatres of that time, such as The Globe. Among his plays, Hamlet and Macbeth, which are both tragedies, are considered Shakespeare's masterpieces. Oftentimes in literature, in order to understand a writer's work, it is necessary to compare it with other writings of the same period. This can give us a deeper insight on the writer's intention and on the real "message" of the play or novel; and can even help us to analyze the different perspectives in which a work can be interpreted. In this case, these two tragedies can be easily compared, as they shared similar characteristics, which are typical of that time, while at the same time they differ in certain aspects. ...read more.

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Personally, I believe that this is more evident in Hamlet, because from the very beginning of the story, when Hamlet meets the ghost of his father, the idea of taking revenge on someone appears. Besides, revenge is manifested in the main character specifically. This does not mean that Shakespeare did not work with the theme of revenge in Macbeth. That would be something mistaken to say, because revenge does appear, but not in the main character. All of the murders that Macbeth commits are not encouraged by revenge but by ambition. Yet, Macduff and Malcom want to avenge the murder of King Duncan, and they therefore kill Macbeth. In terms of the main characters, if analyzed carefully, it is seen that Macbeth and Hamlet have very negative qualities. The latter cares little if he destroys the na�ve Ophelia on his way to revenge and does not realize that he is tormenting the girl that loves him completely. He also mortally wounds Laertes and stabs the King. Macbeth, on the other hand, literally kills innocent Banquo, Lady Macduff and her son. The similarity here is that they both kill, literally and not, innocent people, that do not deserve to be killed, in order to get what they want. ...read more.

Conclusion

Trumpets, bells, are announcers of deaths. Therefore, they are a sign of evil, of casualty. After reading Macbeth I could get to the conclusion that even a generally good person can become corrupt when faced with the prospect of having power. Macbeth is the perfect candidate for this theory, as he was willing to go to extreme lengths to obtain his power. Once that was achieved, a "few" murders didn't take a second thought if it meant that their precious power would be maintained. In the beginning of the play, Hamlet was a courageous soldier who fought for his own country, but as ambition took hold on him, he finally ended destroying his own nation. So in conclusion, it has been seen that these two Shakespearean works have many things in common, most of them typical of a tragedy of Renaissance time. The main motifs in these plays are appearances vs. reality, revenge, ambition and the belief in the existence of the supernatural, which in fact is an integral part of both plots. There is no doubt why these two masterpieces still remain present in our days. From the very first line, they catch the reader's interest until the end. Shakespeare enriched his writings with a complex vocabulary of the Victorian Era and, with his imagination as his unique and inimitable ingredient, he achieved his well-deserved reputation. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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