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Realization of ones imminent death can drastically change an individual Knowing that death is imminent can change the way we look at things and cause us to confess our sins In Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad and Macbeth by William Shakespeare the main characters experience this trauma The instant that Jim jumps from the Patna his life becomes a series of lies that will tamper with him for the rest of his life He cannot confess the cowardly act that plagues him incessantly and thus he is controlled by his hidden secret Only when he realizes that he is going to die does Jim face the lie In parallel Macbeth also is controlled by a lie Macbeths murder of Duncan ignites a guilt inside of him that can only be confronted before he fights Macduff Macbeth also needs to face the false promises that the witches gave him These promises give Macbeth a false sense of security which help lead to his demise Macbeth like Jim is badgered by a singular act that prevents him from living an honest life However both men are able to redeem themselves prior to their deaths By confronting the lies and dying with dignity the two men are able to regain some of their honor The similarity between the two works emphasizes the effect of lies on the way an individual lives and further stresses the internal struggle that Jim faced after he had jumped from the Patna In their respective stories Jim and Macbeth face the lies that dictated their lives and consequentially die with some of the dignity and honor that they had once experienced in their lives This process is described as each man realizes and confronts his lies faces the fatal consequences and eventually dies The most significant point in Lord Jim and Macbeth is the respective main characters realization of his lies The realization of the lies begin by a singular drastic event that
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