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Compare and Contrast Macbeth and Macduff

By grayhardee Mar 27, 2011 376 Words
Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare is one of Shakespeare’s most powerful and emotionally intense plays. Shakespeare created several interesting characters, and Macbeth and Macduff are two of those characters. Though Macbeth and Macduff seem very different, they actually have several things in common. Macbeth is very power hungry to where Macduff is as well, but isn’t a heathen about it and puts the people of his sovereign first. Macbeth and Macduff are more similar than expected. For example, both were brave. They are both very hard workers who did their jobs well. They are different in many ways too. Macbeth thought of rewards and promotions. He wanted to be rich and have a lot of power, and he did not worry about other people. He would do whatever he had to do to get his way, and he didn’t care how it affected people around him. Macduff was different. He was very loyal to his country. He put the country and his people first. He was always willing to help and do the right thing. He wanted to please everyone. Macbeth became impatient for power. He wanted to be king and he was willing to do whatever it took to make that happen. He never felt bad when he treated people badly either. He was very influenced by others, and he didn’t always think things through. Macduff did not want Macbeth to be king. He was patient and willing to take his time to plan ways to keep Macbeth from being king. Macbeth was a deceitful, hypocritical, and treacherous King. He wasn’t a good man. Macduff was straightforward, respectful, and honest. He was a better man. Macbeth would stop at nothing to get his way and he didn’t feel bad about it. Macduff was a better person and had a conscience, and when he killed Macbeth, he felt like he had done the right thing for the people.

Macbeth and Macduff are very similar in some ways, but are different in more ways. They are both power hungry, but they don’t want to help each other obtain their goal of being all-powerful. They treat people very differently, and they are treated very differently by people in return.

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