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Fate in Macbeth
Transcript of Fate in Macbeth
All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!
All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!
All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king hereafter.
By Sinel's death, I know I am Thane of Glamis;
But how of Cawdor? the Thane of Cawdor lives,
A prosperous gentlemen; and to be king
Stands not within the prospect of belief
No more than to be Cawdor.
No more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceive
Our bosom interest. - Go, pronounce his present death,
And with his former title greet Macbeth.
And, for an earnest of a greater honour,
He bade me, from him, call thee Thane of Cawdor;
In which addition, Hail! most worthy thane,
For it is thine.
[Aside] Two truths are told
As happy prologues to the swelling act
Of the imperial theme.
(1.3.126-128) Prophecy: Banquo 1 Witch
Lesser than Macbeth, and greater.
Not so happy, yet much happier.
Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none;
So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!
(1.3.67-69) Exhausitive events Iff "If not A, then B" is true and
"If not B, then A" is also true,
then A and B are exhaustive events.
Decision Choice Choice Kill Duncan Not kill Duncan Thesis There is no fate. There are countless
possibilities and each outcome is affected
by our choices and decisions. Macbeth
[Aside] This supernatural soliciting
Cannot be ill; cannot be good: - If ill,
Why hath it given me earnest of success,
Commencing in a truth? I am Thane of Cawdor:
If good, why do I yield to that suggestion
Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair,
And make my seated heart knock at my ribs
Against the use of nature? Present fears
Are less than horrible imaginings.
"Glasmis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor
Shall sleep no more, Macbeth shall sleep no more!"
I'll go no more:
I am afraid to think what I have done;
Look on 't again I dare not.
(2.2.48-50) Slowly becoming insane and paving the road to his death. Macbeth
Both of you
Know Banquo was your enemy
True, my lord
So is he mine; and in such bloody distance.
(3.1.113-115) Lady Macbeth
What 's to be done?
Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck,
Till thou applaud the deed.
(3.2.45-47) Act 3 Scene 3 Death of Banquo (on stage)
Fleance escaped Act 2 Scene 2 Death of Duncan (off stage)
Macbeth is scared Juxtaposition 1 Apparition
Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff;
Beware the Thane of Fife. - Dismiss me. - Enough
Be bloody, bold, resolute: laugh to scorn
The power of man, for none of women born
Shall harm Macbeth
Then live, Macduff: what need I fear of thee?
The castle of Macduff I will surprise,
Seize upon Fife; give to th' edge o' th' sword
His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate wouls
That trace him in his line. No boasting, like a fool;
This deed I 'll do, before this purpose cool:
(4.1.149-154) Duncan Macduff Banquo Death of Macduff's family (on stage) Act 4 Scene 2 Juxtaposition Act 3 Scene 4 Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo
and lords start to doubt Macbeth Act 4 Scene 3 Macduff vows to kill Macbeth Death Macbeth
Is this a dagger I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? [He speaks to the
dagger] Come, let me cluth thee: -
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heart-opressed brain?
If you shall cleave to my consent, when 't is,
It shall make honour for you.
So I lose none
In seeking to augment it, but still keep
My bosom franchised, and allegiance, clear,
I shall be counselled.
I drink to the general joy of the whole table,
And to our dear friend Banquo, whom we miss;
Would he were here
To all, and him, we thirst,
And all to all.
Here had we now our country's honour roofed,
Were the graced person of our Banquo present;
The Ghost of Banquo enters, and
Sits in Macbeth's place.
Who may I rather challenge for unkindness,
Than pity for mischance!
(3.4.40-43) Last Scene Act 5, Scene 9 Malcolm is crowned King
Macbeth's head brought in by Macduff