Shakespeare’s Macbeth

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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 will influenced it. The next area is that the fact that Macbeth was influenced by others and not fate. Lady Macbeth is probably the person who has the most influence on him, and also his mortal thoughts. Lastly, the final area that is focused on in this argument is that Macbeth dreads the idea that he has to commit murder. In the beginning, Macbeth fears murder so much that he leaves it to chance, which shows that he is exercising his free will. The argument talks about fate and says that he can’t control what happens. This argument is mostly summed up by saying the witches controlled him and that his death showed us that. In story of Macbeth, Shakespeare develops the theme of free will vs fate. 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 wha... ... middle of paper ... ...used to show that it was more free will in Macbeth than fate. Macbeth never would have ended up dead if he did not continue to follow the same behavioral patterns. He kept being influenced by his own wife to commit many heinous crimes, which were mostly murders. Also, he let fear sink in too much and thought that he could leave everything to chance; thinking that everything would work out the way it was suppose too. The argument for fate was brought up to show that Macbeth was duped into thinking that fate controlled him and that there was nothing he could do about it. Works Cited Rauber, D. F. (1969). Macbeth. Macbeth. Macbeth. Criticism, 11(1), 59-67. , Cheung, K. (1984). Shakespeare and Kierkegaard: "Dread" in Macbeth. Shakespeare Quarterly, 35(4), 430-439., Favila, M. (2001). "Mortal Thoughts" and Magical Thinking in "Macbeth". Modern Philology, 99(1), 1-25.

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