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March 31, 2016 | Author: | Posted in literature and language, shakespeare

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Hamlet and Macbeth

Hamlet and Macbeth are very similar in many aspects , but after reading both plays , I favor Hamlet over Macbeth . Hamlet ‘s character is more appealing and his motivations are less selfish than that of Macbeth ‘s character

Both Hamlet and Macbeth struggle with the concept of murdering someone Hamlet ‘s motive is revenge , but his Christian upbringing and status in society force a moral conflict so deep within him that he does not know if he will be able [banner_entry_middle]

to avenge his father ‘s death . Macbeth , on the other had , also suffers feelings of guilt and questions his ability to kill Duncan , but his motive is more self serving

Both characters have famous and long soliloquies . Macbeth ‘s speech focuses on making himself do the deed (murder Duncan , but he also acknowledges his guilt

He ‘s here in double trust / First , as I am his kinsman and his subject Strong both against the deed then , as his host / Who should against his murderer shut the door / Not bear the knife myself . I have no spur /To prick the sides of my intent , but only / Vaulting ambition (I .i

Hamlet ‘s soliloquy , on the other hand , focuses on his own madness and suicidal thoughts . The thought of the predicament that his is in , to gain vengeance for his father ‘s death and to go against his faith , is maddening to Hamlet

To be , or not to be : that is the question / Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer / The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune / Or to take arms against a sea of troubles / And by opposing end them ? – To die , – to sleep , – / To sleep : perchance to dream : – ay / there ‘s the rub For in that sleep of death what dreams may come / When we have shuffled off this mortal coil / Must give us pause : there ‘s the respect / That makes calamity of so long life / For who would bear the whips and scorns of time / The oppressor ‘s wrong , the proud man ‘s contumely / Thus conscience does make cowards of us all / And thus the native hue of resolution / Is sicklied o ‘er with the pale cast of thought / And enterprises of great pith and moment / With this regard , their currents turn awry / And lose the name of action (III .i

This soliloquy displays Hamlet ‘s belief in Heaven and the consequences that he feels he will have to pay in the afterlife if he avenges his father ‘s death . He thinks it is better to be dead than to face a decision or task such as the one he is ascribed to

The difference in the character ‘s motivations and soliloquies is the main difference between the two plays . Hamlet is an easier read and it is easier to be more sympathetic to his character because he is out to avenge the death of his father . Macbeth , on the other hand , murders numerous people in… [banner_entry_footer]


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