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Macbeth Fate vs. Free Will

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Vipin Sharma

on 3 June 2014

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Fate vs. Free Will In Macbeth
Vipin Sharma

In the Macbeth play, the prophecy of the Three Witches leads to unsustainable desires that lead to Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's decisions concerning fate vs. free will. For this play, I will educate you about how the actions of the main characters affect fate which involves the concluding downfall of each of the characters in the play.
Banquo's Death

This was the result of fate vs. free will regarding the fact that Banquo's death wasn't involved in the prophecy. Therefore, Macbeth's actions (free will) impacted the prophecy (fate).

When Macbeth finds out he is Thane of Cawdor he was not expecting it in fact he was surprised when they gave him the title. This is an example of fate because Macbeth did not mean for this to happen he did purposefully do anything to be named Thane of Cawdor.

Macbeth was born from surgery of mother.
Believes what 3 witches tell him.
He is the Thane of Cawdor.
Ironic how he is a soldier.
Ambitious but easily tempted to commit crime.
Never satisfied.
Becoming king was freewill because Macbeth made it happen, he willingly killed King Duncan with him becoming king in mind. If the witches had not told Macbeth about him becoming king it probably would have never happened.

Another act of freewill was the slaughter of Macduff's family, he killed Macduff’s family because the prophecies said he was a threat. Macbeth believes that these prophecies are set in stone so he plans on altering his fate by killing Macduff and everyone important to him and by altering it is no longer fate, but a matter of choice.
Macbeth's Free Will
Macbeth's Fate
Death of King Duncan
The murder of King Duncan was the result of Macbeth's actions responding to free will. Macbeth's desire for power drove him over the edge after Lady Macbeth persuaded Macbeth.
Lady Macbeth's Involvement
Lady Macbeth was one of the most significant characters of the Macbeth play because as witnessed, she had much to do with the murders and deaths of the other major characters in the play.

The Witches

Macbeth is anxious to see all of his prophecies come true. In telling Macbeth his prophecies, the sisters indirectly changed his fate and ultimately lead to his downfall. When they told Banquo his prophecies as well, they indirectly affected Maceth's perception of him and lead to his murder. Macbeth was not destined to be king, until the Witches had told him his prophecies, thus meaning that the actions of free will, ultimately affected Macbeth's and Banquo's fate.
Ambitious and wanted to be queen.
Prayed to God to unsex her.
Saw King Duncan as a fatherly figure.
Gave commands to Macbeth and encouraged him.
Felt guilty after planting daggers in servant quarter.
Tried to stop Macbeth from continuing his spree of killing.
Died of depression and her hallucinations.
The Extent of Which One Controls His or Her Fate

Macbeth's prophecy stated that no man born of a woman's womb could kill him, then why did he react only to a certain part of the prophecy?
Did Macbeth really need to kill Duncan?
Was Lady Macbeth really meant to die?
What do humans expect from fate other than happiness?
Overall Effect of Fate In Macbeth
In conclusion:
Macbeth died
Lady Macbeth died
Banquo died
King Duncan died
Macduff's wife and child was killed.
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