Out of Free Will

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Out of Free Will
By: Caroline Smith

The books Macbeth written by Shakespeare and Lord of the Flies written by William Golding, are completely different novels yet they have very similar circumstances. Although the two stories were written in different time periods and during different events, they proclaim very relevant and corresponding messages. These stories show how strong and intelligent characters can lose all sanity from several free will decisions. The characters in these books, Macbeth and Jack Merridew, make three significant choices that completely transform their lives. One begins as a strong warrior, and the other an innocent school boy, yet they end up suffering with the same downfall. Through making the decision to listen, the decision to kill, and the decision to put their selfish ambition over ethics, they quickly lose all sense of normality. Macbeth’s and Jack Merridew’s demise and tragic tales were brought forth through a series of free will decisions.

The first free will decision that brought Macbeth and Jack Merridew to their downfall, was the decision to listen. For Macbeth, he chooses to listen to two scheming women; the witches and his wife. To start, the three witches are the ones to spur on his devious ways. They exclaim, “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King here after!” (1.3.54) This prophesy didn’t necessarily mean that it was true, and would happen without Macbeth’s help. Macbeth had a choice to either let this event happen naturally, or take it on himself to make it definite. He took the second option, took matters into his own hands, and murdered an innocent and just King. In addition, Macbeth listened to his selfish and manipulating wife that he loved so dearly. Lady Macbeth dared her husband to kill when saying, “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.” (1.7.56) Lady Macbeth tempted her husband, yet a great man is able to refuse temptations....
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