Fate In Macbeth, Julius Caesar, And Hamlet

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Each Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Hamlet is considered some of Shakespeare’s best and most known work also his best examples of betrayal and inner struggle. In Macbeth and Hamlet, the character(s) whom deal with this inner struggle are obvious. But in Julius Caesar, Brutus has to deal with inner struggle, betrayal, and fate more so than Julius Caesar(Hamlet and Lord Macbeth). Brutus has a tough decision to make. Does Brutus honor his friendship to Julius Caesar and let Rome become a dictatorship or honor the country and does what he thinks best and kill his friend Caesar? This theme of betrayal is the backbone to all of these plays and which all have betrayal occurring to nobility or important political figures. In all three the head figure of the Kingdom or empire is overthrown to the dismay of the people of the kingdom. Claudius, Hamlet’ uncle, murders King Hamlet to take the crown and marry Hamlet’s mother. Lord and Lady Macbeth murder a good friend and king, Duncan, to take over the throne. And Julius Caesar is murdered by some of his closest affiliates for the “good” of the empire.
Shakespeare’s most interesting character in all three plays is Hamlet . Hamlet’s background as an courtier and scholar causes Hamlet to be extremely philosophical and contemplative. This appears to make Hamlet a more interesting character to study than the rest. Hamlet’s inner struggle is more contemplative and insightful. Hamlet obsessively explores his conscience. Hamlet’s famous soliloquies often touch on death, human existence, plagued society, fate, fortune, and the unknown. But a character as deeply insightful and well-rounded as Hamlet, finds himself slaying without premeditation or thought. It is here where Shakespeare shows his brilliance as an playwright. He creates a well- rounded, well- liked, courtier, scholar, and noble man put him up against the test of fate. They were several moments when Hamlet could have possibly reversed fate and was turned away. Shakesp View More »

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