Essay about A Comparison of Macbeth and Hitler

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Hitler (1889 – 1945) is the founder and leader of National Socialism (Nazism) and German dictator, b. Braunau in Upper Austria. Macbeth is the Thane of Cawdor who in the end becomes the King. There are some similarities and differences between the two characters: Macbeth and Adolf Hitler.

Macbeth wanted to be the King, just like Hitler. After acquiring German citizenship, Hitler ran in the presidential election of 1932, losing to the popular war hero Paul von Hindenburg but strengthening his position by falsely promising to support Chancellor Franz von Papen, who lifted the ban on the storm troops (June, 1932). Macbeth is a fearless warrior who is an important lord in the country. Hitler is
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Macbeth killed King Duncan in order to become the King. Once Macbeth had decided, he does not deviate. Although the war was hopelessly lost by early 1945, Hitler insisted that Germans fight on to the death and in early 1943 he refused to admit defeat at the battle of Stalingrad (now Volgograd), bringing death to vast numbers of German troops. They were both violent and ruthless. Both Macbeth and Hitler died when they realized that their ambition could not be fulfilled. Hitler committed suicide on 30 April 1945, while Macbeth was killed by Macduff. Both Macbeth and Hitler were not guilty for what they had done. Both of them were vicious in the things they do. Macbeth killed Banquo when he did not even discuss it with Lady Macbeth before.

There is a profound need in Macbeth’s character to prove himself, which he identifies with being ‘manly’. Physically, Macbeth is strong; emotionally and spiritually he proves weak and corruptible. Macbeth succumbs to murdering Duncan, he ceased to be a sympathetic hero once he made the decision to kill Duncan, but by the end of the play he has become so morally repulsive that his death comes as a powerful relief. Macbeth also had moments of weakness – before and after murdering Duncan, in seeing Banquo’s ghosts- when the strength of his ‘realisation’ threatens to ‘unman’ him. Unlike Macbeth, Hitler is both mentally and physically strong. He
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