Comparing Macbeth and Hawk Roosting - Sample Answers (Theme = Power and Ambition)
In Shakespeare's play a man called Macbeth kills the king to get his power. Ted Hughes's poem 'Hawk Roosting' is about a hawk who thinks he is powerful.
In Macbeth Shakespeare writes about Macbeth and Lady Macbeth who have a plan to kill the king and take over. "Hail, King thou shalt be." Ted Hughes writes about a hawk and how powerful he is: "My manners are tearing off heads."
Shakespeare shows that Lady Macbeth wants to be a powerful character because she wants to kill the king so that Macbeth can become the new king: 'You can putt this night's great business into my dispatch."
Ted Hughes also writes about power, but from the point of view of a hawk. We know that the hawk has a high opinion of itself: 'I kill where I please because it is all mine.'
The theme of power/ambition is explored in Macbeth and 'Hawk Roosting.' Shakespeare focuses on Lady Macbeth's relationship with Macbeth. When Lady Macbeth learns about the witches' prophecy that Macbeth will become king, she hatches a plan to make it happen.
Ted Hughes also writes about ambition because the hawk in the poem wants to be the best: "Now I hold Creation in my foot." A difference between them is that the hawk is very confident about his own power, but Macbeth is too loyal to the king to be able to reach his ambition.: "We will proceed no further in this business. He hath honoured me of late." Lady Macbeth is more ambitious than her husband.
Ted Hughes's poem ' Hawk Roosting' shows the world as seen from a hawk's point of view.