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Similarities Between Macbeth And Hitler

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Macbeth Essay

Adolf Hitler once said, “It is not the truth that matters, but victory.” In the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare the characters Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth kill King Duncan in order to take the throne, and lie about this deed in order to keep the throne. It is easy to draw parallels between Hitler and Macbeth because they are both ambitious, held minimal political power before taking control, and their paranoia eventually caused the downfall of their countries.
Hitler and Macbeth share similar personalities because they are both ambitious and will do anything to gain the power they desire. This is evident when, according to Mrs Swaren, Hitler pushed the limits and made the decision to invade Poland, which sparked
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According to biography.com, Hitler relocated to Munich during the outbreak of WWI in 1913 and applied to join the German army, he was accepted in August of 1914. After WWI Hitler returned to Munich as an intelligence officer for the German Workers Party (DAP), where he adopted many of his anti-semitic views. Hitler joined the DAP in 1919 and in 1921 was eventually appointed chairman. Finally in 1934 the powers of the president and chancellor were combined and Hitler became head of state and head of government. Similarly in Macbeth the character Macbeth rose to power through the military. In the beginning of the play Macbeth was already Thane of Glamis but after success in the war King Duncan is very pleased with him and his loyalty and names Macbeth Thane of Cawdor as well. Eventually Macbeth is told by some witches that he will be king of Scotland and Macbeth takes it upon himself to kill King Duncan and take over the throne. Both Macbeth and Hitler forcefully took it upon themselves in order to gain their last level of political power. Hitler did this by taking the power away from the president and Macbeth did this by killing the current
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