One of Shakespeare’s more brilliant talents was introducing his characters. Two of the best introductions and developments are represented in Macbeth and Hamlet. The protagonists Macbeth and Hamlet have exceptionally different introductions and conclusions of their plots. However, the climax of their chronicle almost identical and leads them to their death. As they die the audience is left with a contrary perspective of these two protagonists than the beginning of the play. The way Shakespeare introduces both Macbeth and Hamlet is essential to understand Shakespeare’s evolution of his plays through characterization.
When Macbeth is initially introduced as the play commences he is shown as a model person. “For brave Macbeth—well he deserves that name—Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel, Which smoked with bloody execution, Like valor’s minion carved out his passage Till he faced the slave; Which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him, Till he unseamed him from the nave to th' chops, And fixed his head upon our battlements. (Act 1, Scene 2) ” There is endless praise for the faceless Macbeth so far. Shakespeare builds up the emotion and authority of Macbeth as he initiates his play. He creates Macbeth into a role model someone that a prince would bow down to. He is presented to be brutal but full of honor. He seems comparable to Alexander the Great, a young, loyal, brutal, and admirable leader. Shakespeare does this buildup to start presenting and answering the question, who is Macbeth? So when Macbeth is introduced there is anxiety of his appearance and a immediate familiarity with him. Shakespeare enables the same technique when introducing Hamlet. However he does not create adoration for him but more of pity. “So have I heard and do in part believe it. But look, the morn, in russet mantle clad, Walks o'er the dew of yon high eastward hill. Break we our watch up, and by my advice, Let us impart what we have seen tonight Unto young Hamlet, for,...
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