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Hamlet vs Macbeth With the end of the sixteenth century there came a turning point in Shakespeares life which consequently changed his plays from the fanciful ideals to the seriousness of man The results were the great tragedies from 1592-1609 Thurber 184 These tragedies consisted of deeper concepts of the natural struggles that face mankind Therefore each play during these seventeen years has a tragic motive this stems from Shakespeares concentration on the deeper and sadder complexities of life Hamlet conceived in 1601 consequently contains the premise for Macbeth composed four years later With this in mind it can be illustrated the tragedies Hamlet and Macbeth are parallel by a comparison of the characteristics in each work The first demonstration in the similarities between Hamlet and Macbeth is in their personalities One shared attribute is in the form of their insecurity Hamlet states My fathers brother but no more like my father Than I to Hercules 12 152-153 this quote is alleges Hamlet doubts his strength andor heroic capabilities Macbeth reveals his lack of self-confidence in his statement Present fears Are less than horrible imaginings 13 138-139 Evidently he is attempting to persuade himself into trusting in his potential and the murder that he is tempted to do cannot possibly be as frightening as he now feels it is Another mutual trait that is in the men is in the results from the murders of the kings Hamlets assassination of his uncle father has the duplicate consequences as Macbeths murder of his father figure both men by the end of the play are deceased Both men are cunning in their process of leading their victims into a false sense of security prior to eradication in that Hamlet uses entertainment to lower Claudius guard and Macbeth employs his home and peaceful compliance to decrease Duncans shield Both Hamlet and Macbeth share the loyalty and friendship from secondary characters in that they are more skeptical of
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