Comparing The Tragedy of Macbeth and The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

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“The Tragedy of Macbeth” and “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” are written by William Shakespeare. The most common theme in these two plays is treacherous murder because both kings were murdered. Julius Caesar was killed by his friend Brutus. He was murdered in front of everyone. King Duncan was killed in his bedroom while asleep. The similarities between both plays are both were planned murders, done by conspiracy, royals were killed, killers were friends and family, and both were mystical/tragedy plays. The differences between both plays are, Julius Caesar was king when he was murdered, Macbeth killed his uncle in order to seize power, and a woman was involved in this murder plan. Shakespeare used many literary devices in both plays. Julius Caesar and Macbeth have a lot of similarities, but they are unique in their own ways because of their differences. First, the similarities between both plays are, both were planned murders. For example, Brutus and his friends planned together to kill Julius Caesar. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were all involved in the planning to kill King Duncan. “Stars hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires" (Macbeth 29). This shows the desires of Macbeth to become king. "Out, out brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing." (Macbeth 177-179). This indicated, Macbeth says upon hearing the news of the death of his wife. He is depressed and desolate after what has happened. He is now full of remorse for what they both have done out of greed for the crown. Macbeth now acknowledges the fact that life is just like a brief candle that ha... ... middle of paper ... ...lays are, both royals were murdered and a woman was involved in King Duncan’s murder whereas no woman was involved in Julius Caesar. William Shakespeare uses multiple literary devices in both plays. For example, anachronism, metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, etc. Julius Caesar and Macbeth both share common theme treacherous murder and have a lot of similarities, however they are distinct in their own ways because of their differences. Word Cited "The Life and Death of Julies Caesar." Julius Caeser: Entire Play. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2014. . "The Tragedy of Macbeth." Macbeth: Entire Play. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Mar. 2014. . "Literary Devices." Literary Devices. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Mar. 2014. .
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