we have to write a essay comparing the characters in Macbeth and the movie " Wall Street "  i think we can compare Macbeth with Bud fox.. comparing Gekko with witches will be another good...

 

we have to write a essay comparing the characters in Macbeth and the movie " Wall Street "

 

i think we can compare Macbeth with Bud fox..

comparing Gekko with witches will be another good idea... and carl fox with king duncan

can any1 plz help me how to start writeing this essay ... and if i m correct while chosseing character to compare

thanks alot :) 

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Wall Street is analogous more to Dr. Faustus or Faust.  Bud Fox sells his soul to Gordon Gekko the same way Faustus sells his soul to the devil.

Macbeth is both hero and villain.  Mainly villain.  He conspires with Lady Macbeth in the murder of Duncan.  He consults the witches to predict the future.  He is defeated by the loyal thane Macduff.

This is not Bud Fox.  It's Gordon Gekko.  He's Macbeth.

Gordon is both heroic and villainous.  He's a rags-to-riches American success story.  A self-made millionaire.  A Great Gatsby.  But, he also has no soul.  He's so ruthless that he would sell out anyone, which shows you why he has no friends.

But, above all, he's got the best lines in the script.  He manipulates language like the great orator Macbeth.  In his famous  monologue, he says, "Greed--for lack of a better word--is good."  This shows the same equivocation that Macbeth uses to justify his misdeeds.  This is the end justifies the means of Machiavellian politics.

Bud Fox is more like a Witch, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, and Macduff all in one.  He is Witch, an inside trader who tells Gekko of the future (deal with Anacott Steel).  He conspires with Gekko like Lady Macbeth did with her husband, but then he grows a conscience and feels extreme guilt, like Lady M.  Fox differs from Gekko's other inside traders in the same way that Banquo differs from Macbeth regarding the witches' prophecies.  And, in the end, Bud joins up with his father (Old Siward) and the securities police (the English army) to defeat Gekko.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is a fairly interesting topic.  The film was a fairly great one!  I think that opening of the paper would discuss the thematic similarities between the film and the drama.  This might consist of discussing the theme of ambition, greed for power, and wanting to engage in the acquisition of control.  Another way to open the paper might be to discuss the idea of how the choices one makes are reflective of the battle for one's soul and sense of identity.  After the opening, you will have to engage in how you want to explain the links that make different characters similar.  Obviously, Macbeth and Bud Fox is a good way to go.  I think you might want to make clear that both progress in different directions.  The former is more driven on a path to self destruction, while the latter does embrace a more redemptive path.

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