William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a tragedy, and as with all tragedies the plot often becomes convoluted or complicated through a ‘snowballing action’. This is a series of unfortunate events whereby things go terribly wrong and therefore leads the plot to a tragic conclusion. The film A Simple Plan, directed by Sam Raimi, follows a similar plotline to Macbeth, and can also be referred to as a tragedy. In both stories the protagonists are faced with consequences one after the other, due to one poor decision. Hank is torn between keeping 4 million dollars he finds in the woods, and Macbeth contemplates the murder of King Duncan. For both of them it’s tunnel vision- they do not see the repercussions, they simply see their success in the end result. …show more content…
Macbeth is overjoyed when the witches announce “All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter”, the same way Hank is thrilled to find an unexpected fortune that was abandoned in the forest. At this point in both stories, both characters are still pure and ethical so they remain safe. The snowballing action begins when these men forget the moral factors of the situation because of their craving for power. Hank and Macbeth are not naturally inclined to commit evil deeds however their deep desire for wealth, power, and advancement prove us otherwise. When Hank creates the “simple plan” and chooses to devise the money it amongst his friends, he believes that he will be able to follow through with it. Unfortunately his plan goes way off course, and he is forced to kill several innocent people simply out of the fear of being caught. Macbeth similarly had to face a lot of guilt following Duncan’s murder, all as a result of a bad decision. Towards the end of both stories we see both men in similar settings to the beginning scenes but their attitudes and emotions are the polar
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In many stories evil triumphs but never concurs. In the novel of to kill a mocking bird from Harper lee, evil is triumphed by ignorance and racism. How ever in the novel of Macbeth from William shake spear, evil is triumphed by greed, jealousy and ambition. Both have their own scenario and we will compare how both protagonists for both novel fight the evil that triumphs in their life’s. for the novel ‘Macbeth’ the protagonist is Macbeth and the protagonist for ‘To kill a mocking bird’ is Atticus both will be compared on how big of an impact was created by their decision and how they face evil.
Macbeth’s jump to murder illustrates the depth of his greed clouding his rational judgement. Shakespeare spotlights the hold greed can take on a righteous individual to emphasis the need for self control. Secondly, Macbeth, jealous of the prophecy stating Banquo “Shalt get kings” Macbeth fears he wears a “fruitless” crown, Macbeth orders the murder of his friend to
Macbeth’s greed allows him to murder and throw his strict morals away as if they never existed. It eventually led him to his own character of deterioration. Luke is blinded by revenge, so he betrays Percy also causing a great war that concludes in his own slaughter. Hulan, who fears Winnie’s husband, never trusts her friend and betrays her many times out of fear causing their relationship to grow further apart. Each author’s piece includes a character who gains motivation from their strong desires that led the characters to a perturb ending.
The play Macbeth by William Shakespeare and 1941 film Citizen Kane possess many similarities in themes and characters, despite the completely different settings and plots. Both main characters are ambitious and determined to achieve a goal, even to a certain point where they lose everything truly meaningful to them. While Macbeth strives to become king of Scotland, Charles Foster Kane attempts to become popular and influential. Both Macbeth and Citizen Kane desire to be powerful members of their respective societies and receive respect and recognition from their acquaintances. In both works, they acquired everything they thought they wanted, yet realised they could not have what they truly desired, essentially ending up with “nothing of value”.
Macbeth and The Crucible: The Significant Effect of Witchcraft Witchcraft, which is an outdated practice from pre-Christianity and an indigenous tradition of the British Isles. It is a personal spiritual path practiced by different set of individuals in the quest to see the world for its true sacredness, within one's soul or in the presence of another's. An equally significant aspect of these two plays is their similarity and their captivating literature. In William Shakespeare's Macbeth, written in 1606, and Arthur Miller's The Crucible, written in 1952, the subject of witchcraft is highly emphasized, and it serves a pivotal theme in the main plot lines of both plays. In the following,
The fact that Macbeth believes the witches’ prophecies are not evil nor good foreshadows how he will go on to kill any other person standing in his way to more power. His ambition blinds his mind to make him even think about ruthlessly committing a murder. This forceful way of gaining power will only lead Macbeth to become a “tyrant” in Scotland and his “fantastical” desires of killing Duncan and receiving the crown will lead Scotland to failure. Under Macbeth’s rule, Scotland seems to be in a terrible condition. With distrust among the people, there is tension all within the country, as Macbeth’s totalitarian regime had rendered the prosperity of Scotland.
The Thane of King Duncan, Macbeth hears a prophecy that he himself will become king later on in the future after King Duncan. This then leads to Macbeth being overcome by greed. Since Macbeth greeds to be king so bad, he murders King Duncan and takes his place of the throne. Macbeth starts to live with so much guilt and fear that he commits even more murders to have his power safe. Macbeth is so confident in the prophecies that his life comes to a downfall and he gets killed by the people he did wrong.
After the Macbeth kills Duncan, he has committed his first real murder. Though he has killed before, this is the first time he has ever killed someone he was supposed to be loyal to, the first time morality was not on his side. After the murder of Duncan, Macbeth is overcome with guilt causing him to lose his sense of what is real, of the real limits and properties of the world around him. To him his king’s blood spills in endless amounts from his hands. ““Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?
Even though Macbeth felt guilty after killing Duncan, he continued his journey through the wrong path. “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood.” Macbeth felt no guilt at all in killing his close friend, Banquo. He sends an army to kill Macduff and his family. Towards the end of the play, Macbeth became a person completely different.
This led to him going insane. Macbeth didn 't have to do this, he had already been promoted and had a better job than he had had beforehand. he was very well off and did not need the responsibilities of a king. he could have moved on and lived his life but, he killed the king. This event in the movie was portrayed with much more emotion than expected.
Two men plot the murder of the people who they swore loyalty to, the ones they promised to protect, all in the name of wealth. The victims have little clue and trusts their death angel more than anyone. Little do both victims know they've welcomed death into their homes and hearts. The story seems eerily familiar and too fictional to be true, yet it is both.
Through the comparison and contrast of characters, key plot events, and resolutions in literature the audience/reader is capable of better understanding the work. The play written by William Shakespeare, Macbeth, represents how the corruption of power and greed can turn someone evil. This can be compared to the film, The Tragedy of Macbeth, produced by Joel Coen, Frances McDormand and Robert Graf which has the same theme. The film and play can be compared to one another in many aspects, as well as, differ from each other to either create intensity or leave out unimportant details.
Like all of Shakespeare’s other plays, “Macbeth’s” protagonist Macbeth is incredibly successful but suffers from one fatal flaw, his great ambition. His ambition will be the cause of his great success but ultimately also of his downfall. The man’s ambition drives him to seize every opportunity to promote his own agenda. His ambition hurts him the most when he decides to kill King Duncan and Macduff.
Macbeth characteristics of greed and ambition are examples of what is seen as good desire that can easily turn negative because of the person’s true intentions. Shakespeare applies the change and the contrast of Macbeth’s characteristic to amplifies his theme of how ambition is sane until harm becomes an outcome and a prize belongs to those who play their cards right; not to those steal them. Although ambition can be good, this play set an excellent example for young readers when ambition can turn into greed which will allow them to be cautious of how they thrive for their