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Macbeth vs. Darth Vader
Transcript of Macbeth vs. Darth Vader
Emporer Palpatine=Lady Macbeth
Yoda predicts from the beginning the destiny of Anakin Skywalker, just as the witches do for Macbeth.
have a figure
Macbeth and Anakin both have a figure of power influencing them on the sidelines
Macbeth and Anakin both originally dislike the killing they do to attain power but then begin to revel in it
"The force is strong with this one."
"Third witch: All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!"
Emporer Palpatine influences Anakin to kill his first victim; just as Lady Macbeth urges Macbeth to kill Duncan. However, it should be noted that their motives are slightly different; Lady Macbeth wants to gain more power for herself, whereas the Chancellor Palpatine wants to bring an extremely powerful warrior to his side. However, they both desire power in one way or another.
Macbeth is also hesitant to kill Duncan. He's also lived his life as a good man so far, and he's afraid to kill. But, just as the Chancellor held a position of power over Anakin, Lady Macbeth, being his wife, holds a position of power over Macbeth.
Darth Vader kills Obi-Wan because he poses too much of a threat. He taught Vader most of what he knows, and he is an extremely powerful Jedi master.
Macbeth killed Banquo for a similar reason; to protect his position. Macbeth knew Banquo had his suspicions, so he had him killed. It should be noted that Darth Vader begins to revel in his evil much sooner than Macbeth; basically right after Anakin becomes Vader he's willing to kill. For Macbeth it's more of a journey.
Basically, what we learn from both of these stories is that listening to authority can lead us onto a dark path. It's important to think critically, and to think for yourself. Because otherwise, any person in a position above you can tell you what to do. It doesn't matter who tells you to do something; you need to think for yourself. If Anakin and Macbeth had both thought for themselves, they'd both be alive and happy.