Hamlet vs. Macbeth Essay

619 Words Feb 29th, 2008 3 Pages
In William Shakespeare's play Hamlet: Prince of Denmark and Macbeth there are many similarities, along with many differences. They are both Shakespearean tragedies, that use the supernatural to attract the reader, and both have a hero with a tragic flaw or trait that cause a problem or conflict throughout the story. To start off with both plays have Supernatural occurrences. In the beginning of Macbeth, there are three witches who prophesized that Macbeth would be the Thane of Cawdor, and then would be king. In Hamlet we also see supernatural occurrences. In the beginning of Hamlet, Hamlet meets his fathers ghost and is told that Claudius killed him. The ghost tells hamlet to seek revenge of his death. The similarities between …show more content…
Macbeth and Hamlet are different men involved in different situations. Macbeth and Hamlet had two different reasons for killing. Macbeth killed people who stood in his way as king. He does not think about murder and the consequences that it brings. When Macbeth was told his prophecy, he also heard his best friend Banqo's prophecy. The three witches said the Banqo would not be king but his children and their children would be king. Macbeth felt that killing the king would have been a waste if his children did not inherit the throne so he got rid of Banqo and the threat he proposed. Hamlet on the other hand only killed out of revenge, and self defense. Hamlet views murder as an act which must be thought over before being committed. He does not want to kill Claudius but feels that he has to out of revenge for his father. Regardless what his compilation is over killing Claudius, or his own self-destruction, his ability to make a decision always overrules him. Hamlet procrastinates getting revenge in till it is to late. Macbeth and Hamlet's tragic flaws lead to their errors in judgment, and cause their destruction in the end of the story. They both could have changed the outcome of the story if they were not influenced in some

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