Theme Of Fate In Macbeth

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Misfortune to the innocent: Shakespeare’s Tragedy
Realistically speaking, the concept of fate tends to be for the optimistic dreamers, those who against all measures believe in the supernatural. However, our imagination for magical existence tends to revive through mesmerizing paranormal films and overall hope. William Shakespeare portrays the idea of fate versus self-will through prophecies and destruction in the tragedy of Macbeth, questioning whether fate is predestined by the witches or self-made. Through Lady Macbeth’s ill intentions, Macbeth’s constant struggles, and ambition Shakespeare reveals this theme of fate versus self-will.
Shakespeare enhances Lady Macbeth’s ill intentions through clever malignus language. For example, Lady
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In the dagger speech, Macbeth begins to question his sanity, “A dagger of mind, a false creation proceeding from a heat-oppressed brain?” (2.1.37-38). In the dagger portion of the tragedy, we get an intell of Macbeth’s thoughts, and at this point where he isn’t sure of his senses, automatically makes him an unreliable character. Through him questioning himself with something as simple as his own vision, a self conflict is presented. Another example of Macbeth’s mental health is when he hallucinates once again with the presence of Banquo’s ghost in the middle of his large dinner gathering, “[To the Ghost] Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake thy gory locks me,” (3.4.60-61). This quote exhibits a hallucination most likely created by Macbeth’s guilty subconscious. as he intends to excuse his faults with the fact that he didn’t literally kill him with his own hands. Macbeth’s inner struggle is with morality, ambition, guilt, and hallucinative states that suggest an unfit mental state. A traumatized, mentally unsuited, manipulated Macbeth makes poor decisions rather than it being fate’s…show more content…
Macbeth grows mad as, “For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered, put rancors in the vessels of my peace only for them, and mine eternal jewel given to the common enemy of man to make them kings, the seeds of Banquo kings,” (3.1.65-69). Although Macbeth doesn’t have any herritants to fight for, he takes it upon himself to further murder the innocent who don’t show any signs of immediate threat. This is an unrecognizable Macbeth compared to Act 1 and 2, he is noticeably becoming frivolous and more adjusted to killing. Any traits of the honorable Macbeth is gone by Act 4 when he orders the death of Macduff’s family, “Seize upon Fife, give to th’ edge o’ sword his wife, his babies, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line,” (4.1.151-153). Macbeth’s ambition is so escalated at this point, he’s become paranoid and enrathled in the witches prophecies. In order to abruptly attempt to void Macduff, he murders his entire bloodline without hesitation. Macbeth is so repelled yet attracted to the witches prophecies, he enhances the prophecies that benefit him and fights against the threatening one’s which suggest there is an aware part of him that knows these are all his actions rather than
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