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Comparing Macbeth and The CrucibleMany characters in both the crucible and Macbeth...

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amanda-panda | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 3, 2012 at 7:20 PM via web

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Comparing Macbeth and The Crucible

Many characters in both the crucible and Macbeth showed many admirable and less than admirable traits. Two major characters who showed these traits were Macbeth and John Proctor. Both characters were tragic heroes, both had good and bad moments. What are some similarities and differences between the two characters? 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 3, 2012 at 7:28 PM (Answer #2)

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I find very few redeeming qualities in Macbeth, whereas I think John Proctor is basically a good person.  He acts as he does because of the society he lives in.  Macbeth was greedy and bloodthirsty.  He did not repent either, as Proctor did.

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 3, 2012 at 8:39 PM (Answer #3)

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Each of these men is arguably involved in a process of self-questioning. The nature of identity and self-hood are both explored in these texts through these characters.

I agree with litteacher8 in that Proctor is a more noble character than Macbeth. Proctor discovers the truth of himself and finds strength. Macbeth realizes too late that he has given up his power of decision and whatever strength he has left has to be put into a losing battle. 

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