Macbeth Fate Or Free Will Analysis

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Rebecca Post second paper Lit 222 Fate or Free Will? Literary critics take issue over the quantity of leverage in which fate is utilized on the Macbeths in the Shakespearean drama Macbeth. Fate was quite prestigious, but it did not damage their free will; they remained free moral representatives who determinedly and voluntarily relinquished themselves to the evil propositions of fate. The three weird sisters approach Macbeth with prophecies that will all come true in the end. It will appear that Macbeth is just following destiny at first. However, Macbeth always had a choice throughout the play to choose his own fate. Did Macbeth journey to his murderous doom through his own free choice, or fate. Even if there is a choice that Macbeth had, he always had a gut feeling I assume, and that I see as fate. In Act I, the three witches visit Macbeth and Banquo. The three each make predictions; Macbeth will be the Thane of Cawdor, he will be King, and Banquo's sons will be king but not Banquo. First Witch All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of Glamis! Second Witch All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! Third Witch All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter! (1.3.6) Million-dollar question: are the witches (1) playing on Macbeth's aspiration and placing the idea of murder in his head; (2) really private to some secret information about the way things are going to happen; or (3) actually controlling fate in some way? Macbeth is associating his fear that he may have to do something violent in order to become king but he hopes that it can come about by "chance." Almost directly after the witches have visited him, Macbeth begins to take their prophecies as a reality. He is almost trying to fulfill the t... ... middle of paper ... ...ill do. The way the things they “predict” would change man kind as they knew it, but really if it was his choice, why would his wife have to keep convincing him? Throughout life, many of us will find ourselves in some of the worst situations that leave us wondering who’s to blame. The truth is that the troubles that occur us are due to our own actions and sometimes due to fate or bad luck. Fate is one person's destiny and it can not be interpreted by simple mortals but a greater power beyond human understanding. Everything that happened to Macbeth or didn't happen him was a direct result of fate's plan for him. This is also true in everyday life. There is no such thing as chance and everything happens for a reason, eben though it may not seem like it at the time. It all comes back to fate. Nothing ever happens by coincidence and the power to choose is an illusion.
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