Macbeth Fate Vs Free Will Essay

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In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the theme of free will vs. fate is an essential argument and one that plays a huge part in the character of Macbeth. There are three areas that are focused on when seeing if Macbeth was in control of what he did or if fate controlled what happened. The first area talks about Macbeth’s behavioral patterns. The article relating to this topic reveals certain patterns in Macbeth’s behavior which include a structural pattern and a relational pattern. Macbeth’s structural is that he committed murder at three important parts of his life. There is no reason to think that fate controlled the structure of his murders. Also, the relational pattern reveals that he killed ones close to him, which also is a way to show that free …show more content…

In the beginning, Macbeth follows that destiny and believes in his fate. However, he exercises his free will from the beginning by choosing to follow his fate. The most evident parts where Macbeth is a representative of free will is when he chooses to follow murdering multiple people because of what he thinks was supposed to be done. Macbeth fears what he may have to do to become king and he hope that his fate takes care of it. The idea that Macbeth followed his fate or made his own free will can be described by talking about his patterns of behavior, the factor that dread plays, and other influences on …show more content…

(1.3.150)” Which reflects on the fact that what he is experiencing now is more fearful than anything that he could imagine. Fate does not come into play while he is imagining the things that will or will not take place. In the article “Dread” in Macbeth, King-Kok Cheung (1984) uses a question from Walter Clyde Curry. The question is "By what processes does this essentially noble creature, whose will by nature desires the good or reasonable, come deliberately to choose evil?” Cheung (1984) looks at Macbeth as the noble character who tries to be good and reasonable cannot hold of any long and eventually turns evil out of his own free will. The author of this article, King-Kok Cheung (1984) also refers to a man named Kierkegaard, whose first name is not given. Cheung (1984) took this out of Kierkegaard’s

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