Life's Choices in William Shakespeare's Macbeth and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Life's Choices in William Shakespeare's Macbeth and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein The choices we make in life can change our lives forever. Throughout the play "Macbeth" written by William Shakespeare and the novel Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley we learn how the choices made can change peoples lives forever. The main characters within the play "Macbeth" and the novel Frankenstein make choices to challenge the laws of nature that lead to unforeseen consequences, denial, and death. Some of these are shown within the stories through the loss of family members, the characters taking no responsibility for the consequences that have come from their actions, and the in the end the death of both…show more content…
These decisions soon lead to the death of his wife Lady Macbeth. "The queen my lord, is dead" (Shakespeare V, v, ll 16). The loss of his wife does not trouble Macbeth. Macbeth's choices to murder Duncan led to many more murders such as Banquo; this drew Lady Macbeth to insanity, which soon after caused her death. "She would have died hereafter;/ There would have been a time for such a word" (Shakespeare V, v, ll 17-18). The loss of family members throughout both Frankenstein and "Macbeth" cause both Victor and Macbeth to deny their actions that they have taken. Victor Frankenstein ignoring the beast and leading the beast to anger and Macbeth's choices to murder for power led to denial. As time passes Victor and Macbeth choose not to admit to what they have done in either creating the beast or to the murder of Duncan. Victor, after the death of William, denies his creation of the beast. He does not take any responsibility for what he has done. "Nothing in human shape could have destroyed that fair child. He was the murderer!" (Shelley 60). Frankenstein does not admit to the fact that he could have caused all of these murders to happen. "The mere presence of the idea was an irresistible proof of the fact" (Shelley 60). He did not want to think he was the cause. Macbeth was a character who took his knowledge, went against the laws of nature and caused his wife's insanity. Macbeth

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