Macbeth vs Tempest

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William Shakespeare, one of the most inspirational authors, playwrights, and Englishman’s to ever walk the earth. During his time during the 1600's he wrote two great plays. “Shakespeare was prolific, with records of his first plays beginning to appear in 1594, from which time he produced roughly two a year until around 1611” (McDorment”) They share things that are similar but they also disagree with each other quite a bit. What we can really talk about is the two main characters from the two stories. These two stories are Macbeth and Tempest. The two main characters are Macbeth and Prospero. Three things can be compared with these two; they are both the protagonist, they have to do with betrayal, and the tragic loss of something. First of all, to start out with these two characters from two great plays, they both are great protagonist in their own respects. Macbeth is a different kind of main character. He doesn’t necessarily play the hero in the story. But we focus on his choices, his fates, and his faults. That’s why readers like him so much and why normal people relate to this story. Because Macbeth has his faults, a lot of them, and so does the normal human being. He is a great protagonist, while he is alive. According to many “Macbeth is his own worst enemy.” (Newton) Prospero, from Tempest is a very powerful Duke, magician, and speech giver. He is in fact a very powerful magician, but does he always use his power for good? That point can be argued for hours. Prospero is basically the definition of a good main character in my eyes. He and Macbeth have some similarities and some differences. They are both in positions of power. They both die tragically. Except one may be bad and the other is good. But which one is which? “... ... middle of paper ... ...ses in the play itself. Here is a good question to ponder for a while “Is ambition okay in any context, or are we all supposed to let fate and chance toss us around?” (Muller) Works Cited Jones, Stephen. "Tempest." Shakepseare Navigators. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. . McDorment, Teddy. "More information about: William Shakespeare." BBC. N.p., 2002. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. . Muller, Thomas. "Famous Quotations." shakespeare online. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. . Murdoch, Rupert. "To win you must lose first." Weebly. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. . Newton, John. "Character Role Analysis." Shmoop. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. .
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