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Journal Entry #8: WILL AND ITS EFFECT ON MACBETH COMPARED TO ODYSSEUS

While reading Macbeth, I noticed how the ability to have free will impacts Odysseus and Macbeth in very different ways. In Odysseus’s case, having the will to make it home to Ithaca helps him throughout the story. He overcomes being trapped on the island with Kalypso, being shipwrecked, trapped by the Kyclops, as well as manages to get help from a king to make it home. Throughout all these obstacles, his will pushed him to make it home. In contrast, Macbeth’s will to become king leads to his demise. The planting of the seed by the witches who tell him that future involves him to become king, Macbeth begins to take actions to fulfill this prophecy, by killing King Duncan and his friend Banquo. His paranoia throughout the story along with the fact that he takes any means to become king eventually leads to his death by Macduff. This was very interesting to me as you have two stories involving similar themes, yet with completely different outcomes.