Machbeth Comparison

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Comparison of Macbeth and Judas

In the story of Macbeth, the protagonist, Macbeth, is much like the disciple Judas Iscariot in a number of ways. At the beginning of the story, Macbeth is in close friendship with King Duncan, and is one of his best generals in his army. After a victory at a fierce battle, Macbeth and Banquo are met by three witches who give three prophesies: Macbeth will be named Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth will become king of Scotland, and Banquo will beget a line of Scottish king, even though he himself will not be king. As they continue traveling back toward the kingdom, they treat the witches’s prophesies skeptically until they meet a group of the king’s men who inform Macbeth that he is the new Thane of Cawdor. At this point, Macbeth begins to wonder if the rest of the witches’ prophesy is true. Macbeth visits with King Duncan, and they plan to dine at Macbeth’s castle. Macbeth writes to his wife, telling her everything. Lady Macbeth does not have any of her husband’s reservations of killing the king, and she pushes him to kill King Duncan when he comes to Macbeth’s castle for dinner. That very night, Macbeth kills the king. As the story progresses, Macbeth is crowned king and King Duncan’s heirs flee the country to England. Macbeth becomes paranoid of losing his throne and goes mad, losing all inhibitions of killing, and now he kills or gives orders to kill anyone who may be a threat to his throne. At the end of this story, he is killed in a battle that was begun because of his crimes.

Judas was one of Jesus’ disciples as Macbeth was one of King Duncan’s generals, and a Thane. Jesus offered Judas the sop at the last supper which was reserved for guests of honor as King Duncan gave Macbeth the position of Thane. As Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss, Macbeth killed King Duncan when he invited him to dine with him. Judas hanged himself after he’d betrayed Jesus, and Macbeth was killed after he’d betrayed King Duncan and others as well....
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