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Shakespeare thought of by many to be the best English author of all time constructed entangled plotlines of human conscience emotion and the folly of disregarding warnings that can be exemplified in one of his most well-known works Macbeth The roots of such moving narration can be traced back infallibly to Sophocles Oedipus trilogy in particular Oedipus Rex otherwise known as Oedipus the King Both Macbeth and Oedipus the protagonists of the aforementioned classic literature respectively undergo many conflicting decisions that shape their personalities and allow a reader to connect their own lives to the plotline Conflict such as man versus nature man versus man and man versus self are used in these plays to depict the ignorance and to further the eventual downfall of the main characters The most apparent conflict in both of the works is that between man and nature The conflict in this case includes the broad range of the supernatural gods witches fate and prophecies As Macbeth discovers that he has been misled by the prophecies all throughout his reign he still claims that he will fight to the end Though Birnam Wood be come to Dunsinane and thou opposed being of no woman born yet I will try the last Shakespeare 214 His firm exclamation shows his determined ignorance even as he sees the truth which quickens his downfall considerably Oedipus on the other hand sees his fate coming and tries to escape it as when he said I went to the shrine at DelphiI heard all this and fled Sophocles 42 The Oracle had told Oedipus his fate and Oedipus fled feeling that he could outwit the gods which unwittingly led him to his downfall prematurely In the end both Macbeth and Oedipus realized that they could not escape their fates despite attempts to conquer nature and they fell cruel victims of the gods Man versus man one of the most historical conflicts accelerates and exponentially
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