Comparing Macbeth And Oedipus The King

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According to Shakespeare “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves”. This quote means it’s not up to fate to decide what happens to you but it’s the choices and decisions that you make regulates the events in your life. In this essay the Tragedy of Macbeth and Oedipus the king’s tragic downfalls will be compared. Macbeth is a selfish man who wants to be king because of the prophecy given to him by three mysterious witches. On the other hand Oedipus is a caring man who tries to save his people from the plague in order to stop it he had to fulfill his prophecy. The terrible tales of Macbeth and Oedipus the two noblemen explore their fate into a deceiving death in this comparison the side of Oedipus is more convincing and sympathetic unlike the story…show more content…
Macbeth dies when Macduff suspects him of killing King Duncan in order to get the throne (which he did) and he killed Macbeth. Oedipus dies after he marries his wife Jocasta he discovers that she is really his mom. Jocasta finds out that her husband is her son she is so ashamed she can’t face the public so she hangs herself. Oedipus finds her and stabs out his own eyes only wanting misery for himself after what he discovers. Even though both of the kings started with power and being ambitious their fate has gotten in the way leading to their cause of death. Oedipus and Macbeth has two different plans for themselves. The caring Oedipus didn’t deserve his death the way he did but it was a death only he could stop. On the other hand Macbeth deserved his deaths after the two murders that he committed his death was very surprising. They had some similarities both of these men were curious of their prophecy wanting to know more about the future. As Shakespeare says “everyone has their fate and the more people try to avoid it, the more trouble they get
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