The hubris of Hamlet vs. the hubris of Macbeth How does hubris pertain to Hamlet? Does he even have it? and how does Macbeth's hubris contribute to his ultimate downfall?

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Of the two, I would consider Macbeth to be having hubrisHamlet did have some self-appreciation, but he was in a position where he had to do something.  In Hamlet’s case, his uncle was acting maliciously and with hubris. Hamlet was just trying to protect the kingdom and do what was right.  Macbeth, on the other hand, obviously thought very highly of himself in the first place or the witches would not have been able to convince him so easily.  He acted in his own best interests.

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I don't view Hamlet as having hubris. He is given to self-doubt throughout the play, indeed it is one of his defining characteristics. Hubris would be a strong word for Macbeth too, I read him as being simply blinded by ambition, which causes him to take actions which lead to his downfall. By the end of the play, he is overconfident due to the witches' prediction that no man of woman born can kill him, but I don't think he's really arrived at that point through hubris.

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