Control In Macbeth And Oedipus

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Does anyone really have control over their life or is everything decided for them? Both Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Oedipus Rex by Sophocles prove that what happens in our lives is controlled by destiny not by actions we take. Everyone is given a destiny or a purpose in their life, and everything that happens throughout their life is just a way for their destiny to happen. Even though it may feel as if you have control, you really don’t. Everything happens for a reason, and that reason is destiny. The first text that showcases this is Macbeth by William Shakespeare. The second text that proves this point is Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. In both texts, Macbeth and Oedipus Rex, authors William Shakespeare and Sophocles present the theme that everyone has a destiny. In both stories, the main characters have a destiny whether they are given it or not, they both have one and all the things that happen in their lives show what will happen in the end. Firstly, In Macbeth, William Shakespeare shows that destiny is what controls our lives not ourself. In the text, Macbeth and Banquo are going to the King when they run into the witches. The text states, “...First Witch: All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis! Second Witch: all hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! Third Witch: All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!” (Shakespeare 1.3.54-56). In the text, Macbeth is told by the witches what his destiny is, which is being the King. By the end of the

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