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Macbeth Theme Analysis: Fate
Transcript of Macbeth Theme Analysis: Fate
Macbeth sends two murderers to kill Banquo, he believes that fate has challenged him because of the witches' prophecy which tells him that Banquo's descendants will be kings of Scotland.
Macbeth, after hearing the witches' prophecy, believes that it is chance rather than fate for him to become king. Later, he decides that "chance" needs some help, which leads him to murder Duncan.
Three apparitions appear to deliver the messages of Macbeth's fate to him, the first which tells him to beware Macduff, the second tells him no man of woman born can harm him, and the third ensuring to trust in fate. Macbeth is going to kill Macduff in order to make sure that fate keeps its promise.
"If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, Without my stir"
"What should be spoken here, where our fate,
Hid in an auger-hole, may rush, and seize us?"
"Rather than so, come fate into the list,
And champion me to the utterance!"
"Then live, Macduff; what need I fear of thee?
But yet I'll make assurance double sure,
And take a bond of fate: thou shalt not live;
That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies,
And sleep in spite of thunder."
"The spirits that know
All mortal consequences have pronounced me thus: 'Fear not, Macbeth; no man that's born of woman Shall e'er have power upon thee'"
As the English army approaches, Macbeth tries to convince himself that he will be safe. Thus Macbeth puts his faith in the powers of fate.
Malcolm and Donalbain notice something fishy after the death of their father, and flee to escape the "fate" that they believe will become them.