TheatreOedMcB - The Accidental The Inevitable A character...

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The Accidental ≠≠ The Inevitable A character on Lost , a popular television drama, once said, “do not mistake coincidence for fate” (Lost). The concepts of fate and coincidence are themes that resonate throughout Sophocles’s Oedipus the King and William Shakespeare’s Macbeth . In both plays, prophecies about the main characters played an integral role to their demise. Also, another important theme that plays out in both stories deals with the characters free will. One can argue that both characters are victims of their own fate; however, like stated earlier, one cannot confuse what is coincidence for what is fate. Coincidence is defined as, “A sequence of events that although accidental seems to have been planned or arranged” (“Coincidence”). This paper will explore several similarities between Oedipus and Macbeth , but will ultimately show that both characters, through free will and coincidence, are not victims of fate. In Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, Oedipus the King , and Shakespeare’s Macbeth , the main characters have some parallels between them. Oedipus and Macbeth are both highly respected higher authorities of their time. Both individuals are familiar with murder and by book’s end both characters are driven out of power. In both tragedies, prophecies appear to plague Oedipus and Macbeth. The reader learns in
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