Shakespeare shows in his plays how Power hungry ambition leads to the Dismissal of all moral reason. Macbeth and Claudius share through different experiences the drive for power. Both usurped the crown by a murder and would go to any extremes to accomplish keeping the thrown. “The serpent that did sting thy father’s life now wears his crown, ” (act1sc5) Is how the ghost of the old king, Hamlets father, explained him. It is clear that there must have been something driving him to be called “serpent like” for a man to kill his brother in cold blood.
which makes him Hamlet's uncle and stepfather
Both Macbeth and Claudius appear to have lost their grasp of morality.
Both can’t seem to be able to pray
Oh my offence is rank, smells to heaven, It hath the primal eldest curse upon't, A brother's murder. Pray can I not, though inclination be as sharp as will.”(act3sc3)
kills his own brother and plots to kill, “my cousin hamlet and my son”(act1sc3)
Macbeth immediately after finding out his prophesy states that he would only act off impulse. He then goes right after and commands that the soldiers execute the loyal family And all the kin of Macduff. “the castle of Macduff I will surprise, Seize upon Fife, give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword his wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line”(act4 sc2) This showing how he has lost touch with his moral standards. It could also be analyzed in the beginning of the play when he had just murdered king Duncon and he was explaining the noises he heard as the murder commenced. He said, “List’ning their fear. I could not say Amen” when they did say “God bless us”…But I could not pronounce “Amen”? I had most need of blessing, and “Amen”,stuck in my throat.” (act2 sc2) This shows us two things either Macbeth realizes his crime was so evil that he is no longer in unity with God or that he was insane.
Although their claims to the thrown were similar actions of impulse Macbeth took much...