Macbeth and Oedipus Rex Analysis
Oedipus Rex and Macbeth are both tragic plays. They have many similarities and
differences. Some of them are in the role of fate, the characters, and the setting and the
The role of fate plays a major role in both Oedipus Rex and Macbeth. Without the
prophecies their would be no story. In Macbeth, Macbeth was prophecies to become
king. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus was prophecies to kill his mother and marry his mother.
In both plays the prophecies come true. Both Macbeth and Oedipus rise to greatness only
to fall back down.
The characters also played an important part. The witches in Macbeth and the
oracle in Oedipus Rex are some of the most important characters. They are the ones who
predicted the unfortunate futures of the lead men. The main characters, Macbeth and
Oedipus, are the most important characters. Both are dynamic characters who change
throughout the play. They are also tragic heroes.
Macbeth is set in Scotland in medieval times during a chaotic state of affairs. The
mood is dark, brooding, and evil. It is developed by the witches and Macbeth’s sick mind.
Oedipus Rex is set in Thebes during a deadly plague. The mood of the play from
beginning to the end is of devastation, destruction and gloom. The mood of suffering and
pollution is emphasized as the play proceeds.
The tragedies of Macbeth and Oedipus Rex are great works of literature. There
similarities and differences can be seen clearly in the role of fate, the characters, and the
setting and mood.