In What Ways are Claudius and Macbeth Similar?
It is not easy to compare two strong characters such as Claudius and Macbeth that share the characteristics of any man in our present day society; who can be good or bad at the same time. Shakespeare did not present us with the idea of simple villains, rather men with a mixture of qualities that make them who they are. They want to possess high power, like these men craved, came with a price. Both were murderers, ambitious, and courageous which portrays their villainous nature. Even though Macbeth and Claudius become villains because of the situations they were faced which makes them all the more alike. Macbeth’s fear of death and Claudius’ calm nature does not mask their deepest secrets.
The story Macbeth takes places in medieval Scotland, when a successful warrior in the army of the King Duncan, encounter Three Witches that inform him that he will become king. The witches predicted that the future Scottish kings will be descended not from Macbeth but from his fellow army captain, Banquo. Better then waiting for faith to take its course, Macbeth is stung by ambition and confusion when King Duncan nominates his son Malcolm as his secondhand man. Once Macbeth went home, Lady Macbeth realized the desire of Macbeth wanting to kill the king. Macbeth got a perfect opportunity, when King Duncan went to visit Macbeth. Once King Duncan was settled down, Lady Macbeth poisoned the guards that were guarding the kings room.
Once, the guards were poisoned, Macbeth entered the room and killed the king in his sleep and also stabbed the guards to death. Macbeth was haunted for what he has done, he kept the bloody knife he used to killed the king. The next morning when they discovered Duncan’s death. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth were awaken with a loud knocking at the door. Macduff, a loyal follower of the king was at the door. When Macduff founds Duncan’s body, Macbeth swears to avenge the murder. The...
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