Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill and Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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Supposed someone asked you to write a story about death. Would you fill it with strange and horrifying sounds and sights; gruesome acts and frightening ghosts like Macbeth? Or would you write about a seemingly normal family from the outside, where the unknown hides from behind common decisions and objects. First and foremost, Long Day Journey into night by Eugene O'neill and Macbeth by Shakespeare share a common theme with each other. The characters in both of these dramas lack communication with one another. Let’s examine Macbeth first. The playwright Macbeth begins with Macbeth, who is thane of Glamis and Banquo being introduced to the Weird Sisters after a victorious battle. The Weird Sisters or otherwise known as the Three Witches. The Three Witches convince Macbeth that he had a great destiny awaiting him. “ All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king hereafter.” (Shakespeare, Act 1, scene 3, line 53) Once Lady Macbeth hears of what the Witches have foretold her scheme starts brewing. She has one goal in mind and will do everything in her power to influence Macbeth to carry out her plans.Macbeth believes what these witches have “prophesied” so much that he is willing to get it at any cost. Lady Macbeth feels that Macbeth isn’t “man”enough to carry out the deed of killing Duncan. “ When you durst do it, then you were a man; And to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man.”(Act I,scene VII, line 55-57) She uses Macbeth’s weakness to convince him that he

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