Comparing The Tragedy Of Macbeth And The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar

1293 words - 5 pages

Shibani Lal
English II
Ms. Deadmon
14 March 2014
Literary Analysis Essay
“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 has to go out in a matter of a little time. The common device in these two plays is anachronism. “Anachronism is an error in chronology or timeline in a piece of art or literature.” (Literary Devices 1). Both murders led to wars, battles, and chaotic situations. “Tear him, tear him! Come, brands, ho! firebrands! To Brutus', to Cassius'; burn all. Some to Decius' house, and some to Casca's; some to Ligarius'. Away! go!.” (Caesar 137). This is from Julius Caesar it is about the reaction of the citizens when they knew from Anthony about how Caesar was murdered. “Malcolm. Now near enough: your leafy screens throw down. Malcon says, “And show like those you are. You, worthy uncle, Shall, with my cousin, your right-noble son, Lead our first battle: worthy Macduff and we Shall take upon 's what else remains to do, According to our order.” (Macbeth 181). This specifies Malcolm, King Duncan's son, his uncle and Mcduff preparing for battle. This is obviously the result of the murder of their father and King Duncan. Julius Caesar quote specify about the response of the people when they knew from Anthony about how Caesar was killed and Macbeth Maclon, son of King...

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