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In the tragedies of Hamlet and Macbeth by William Shakespeare the main character exhibits a tragic flaw However the problem that afflicts each is directly opposite the fault of the other Macbeths weakness is his ambition driving him forward in murder and betrayal whereas Hamlet has no such driving force to even avenge the wrongful murder of his own father and suffers from an inability to actMacbeth decides to follow his first instinct after meeting with the witches and promptly murders Macduffs family without hesitating He is only concerned with destroying those who might reveal his crime But Hamlet lacks the confidence and anger that Macbeth has He explains in one soliloquy that he doesnt want the job or feel sure he can complete it This is not simply a question of condemnation or salvation if Hamlet were not so terribly indecisive he would have no question concerning his job to kill ClaudiusAnother set of opposites represents the weaknesses of each in his particular situation Macbeth has no reflection of the evil hes done but it is Hamlets concern and worry that contributes to his downfall Macbeth appears to lack a conscience or any morality and therefore thinks nothing of murdering several people including his closest friend Hamlets morals and religion however detain him in carrying out the deed He hesitates yet again even after the play reveals that Claudius is the murderer and that the ghost was not the devil Hamlet is too fearful that he will be condemned or at one point that Claudius wont even go to hell because he is prayingHamlet also questions his eternal happiness while Macbeth seeks power and fortune on earth Hamlet wants nothing more than his fathers murder avenged by any means except going to hell himself It seems from his devotion that he would even die to see this through but he continues to hesitate Macbeth doesnt think once about the eternal punishment he may receive
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