The Beginnings and Endings of Machiavellian Kings Essay examples

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Shakespeare's Macbeth shows similarities to Richard III of England in his ambition and Machiavellians deeds, but their nature sets them apart. In the end, they are seen as similar tyrants in the way their countries reacted to their kingships. Despite the similarities, they both have had a very different path that led to their Ambition. Because of their natures, one was a victim of fate, the other was a victim of his own pessimism. These Machiavellian characters take different paths to a parallel end. These two men have identical paths to the same tragic demise. As scholar leading British essayists of the early nineteenth century says, "These two characters in common hands, and indeed in the hands of any other poet, would have been a …show more content…
Upon finally earning the crown, His reign of terror caused the people to fear him. He was ultimately killed in battle by a French entity that wanted to challenge Richard for the throne. Macbeth and Richard were both killed by their foils, showing that they represented everything evil. Their rise to power and their ultimate demise are so similar that almost tell the same story. Despite the same ends, they didn’t start out the same. "Richard is from his birth deformed in body and mind, and naturally incapable of good. Macbeth is full of the milk of human kindness, is frank, sociable, generous. (Hazlitt, 29)" Richard was born with a deformity and thinks that he has to be a villain. In the words spoken by Richard III at the beginning of the play, "And therefore since I cannot prove a lover, To entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain and hate the idle pleasures of these days (1.1.36–40)" he is saying that because of his deformities, can cannot be a person for the peoples. He has no use to do good. Instead of being a peacemaker, he tells the audience from the very beginning that he is villain and plans to do villainous things. He is showing he has no care for human interest and almost makes himself seem as if he was a monster. Macbeth, on the other hand, is shown as a valiant man at the beginning. He had just fought in Duncan's army and proved himself above everyone else. He was hailed for his courageous actions on the

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