The Characters Of Macbeth And Yolanda Saldivar

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Macbeth is the main character of William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth. He is a valient soldier who becomes more selfish and more greedy over time. This leads him to kill his superior, the king Duncan, to earn a spot on the throne, and he becomes a tyrant of Scotland only to be overthrown at the end of the play. There is one person from recent history who closely resembles the devilish character based on character traits. This one person is Yolanda Saldivar. Macbeth was a Scottish soldier who was promoted to the Thane of Cawdor. Because of the prediction that witches gave Macbeth about his future, he became greedy and killed the king, Duncan, to earn a spot on the throne of Scotland. Guilt slowly overcame him, but he did not let it show. …show more content…
Both Macbeth and Saldivar show guilt after they have killed their superior because of their greed. Directly after he murders king Duncan, Macbeth shows that guilt is consuming him. “What hands are here? Ha, they pluck out mine eyes! / Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood?”(Shakespeare Act II, Scene II). Macbeth shows that he is in disbelief of what he just did. He also wonders if anything will ever purge him of the great weight that he has just put on his own shoulders. Directly after she killed the singer Selena, when the police were closing in on her, Saldivar felt very guilty of what she had just done, and was also in great disbelief, as she even thought of herself as being a much better person than that. Therefore, not only did both of these characters feel a massive amount of guilt, but they also felt a great deal of disbelief, as if they were certain they would never have killed their …show more content…
In the play, Macbeth was debating on whether or not he should kill the king, his superior, just for the postition of king that he wanted so much. Directly after he agreed to kill the king, he was having second thoughts: “We will proceed no further in this business: He hath honor’d me of late…”(Shakespeare Act I, Scene VII). Because this quote shows up so soon after Macbeth alludes that he will kill King Duncan, it shows that he is second guessing himself, and he doesn’t really know what he should do. Therefore, he is conflicted. Directly after killing her “best friend Selena, Yolanda Saldivar is quoted to saying, “I should kill myself. I did something wrong. I’ll never be forgiven my entire life…”. Because she said this to the police after she killed Selena, it is easy to see that she is very conflicted with what she just did. She has no clue why she did it, and because she later spoke about killing Selena in a much more serious way, she is showing the signs of confliction from the murder. Inside, she may know that she did the right thing or did not, but on the outside, she keeps changing her mind. This example of confliction is as clear as day.
Through a thorough examination of the play Macbeth, and the many accounts on the murder of Selena Quintanilla-Perez by Yolanda Saldivar, it becomes clear that the two main characters, Macbeth and Saldivar, share many character

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