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How Macbeth created his own fate ...

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Fate vs. Free Will in
Macbeth

Kestra, Joelle, Matt, & Annelise
The witches' prophecies may lead us to believe fate is predetermined and inevitable, but free will determines how people reach their destinies and can change the outcome, as exemplified in
Macbeth
.
Some may believe that fate is fixed, and one's destiny is predetermined by external forces. Shakespeare challenged this in his plays, and saw characters as the cause of their own demise, based on their fatal flaw.

Shakespeare makes it clear that fate may be unavoidable, but at the same time, he emphasizes that one's destiny is largely due to the choices that they make
.
In
Macbeth, t
he witches could be seen as God-like figures when they predict the future, however by the end of the play, it is shown that Macbeth's own choices lead the witches' prophecies to come true.
Macbeth is told he will become King by the witches, but he is not told how he will become King. His own actions get him to that position, and it is important to point out that not all of his actions are ethically correct. Macbeth's ambition, greed, and impatience cause the witches' predictions to come true sooner than intended/ against natural order, and lead Macbeth on the path to his own destruction.
The willingness to do whatever is necessary plays a role in the development of Macbeth. Macbeth's characters flaws of greed and ambition cause him to rise to power and eventually fall.
Macbeth's own misinterpretation and disregard to the witches' second prophecies give him a false sense of security. This ultimately causes the prophecies to unexpectedly come true for Macbeth. These prophecies also come after the middle of the play, and the point of no return for Macbeth's character.
Lady Macbeth does influence Macbeth at the beginning of the play. She changes Macbeth, and forces him to put potential power over his integrity ... How does she interfere with the prophecies and does she help them come true?
Is she an instrument of fate by changing Macbeth's free will or is she simply a natural external force/ coincidental factor in Macbeth's decisions?
If Macbeth took no action would his prophecies still come true?

Would the play still be a tragedy if Macbeth let fate run its course?
If Macbeth had listened to the prophecies, could he have redeemed himself? How?
Explain how Macbeth’s character was both his greatest asset and biggest downfall.
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