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Macbeth Fate vs. Free Will

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Transcript of Macbeth Fate vs. Free Will

Fate vs. Free Will In Macbeth
Vardan & Matthew

Theme Statement
Involvement of the Characters
Act 2
Act 1
Act 4
Act 5
Act 3
Fate: Predetermined
Free Will: The choices
- Introduced with fate
- Rain, Lightning, and Thunder
Captain: “And Fortune on his damned quarrel smiling,
Show’d like a rebel’s whore. But all’s too weak,
For brave Macbeth – well he deserves that name –
Disdaining Fortune, with his brandish’d steel,
Which smok’d with bloody execution, (1.2.14-18)

Bloodied Captain
Free will: Choices made
Fate: Luck and reinforcements were on Macdonald’s side – enemy fighting Macbeth
Macbeth is greater than fate
Fate is a formula for Shakespearean work – King Lear
damned quarry” – reference to “golden rule”
Scene 1
Scene 2
Scene 3
Macbeth and Banquo returning
Free will: Continue or listen
Fate: Meeting the witches
First Witch
All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of Glamis!

Second Witch
All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!

Third Witch
All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter! (1.3.6)

Repelled English invasion
Prophecies are told to both
Fate: Macbeth's Future
Free Will: Macbeth's Ambition
Macbeth later decides to kill for his fate
Scene 4

Macbeth worrying
Scene 5

Fate explicitly used
Murder of Duncan key factor
Macbeth ponders being king
Changes once heir is pronounced
Scene 7
Murder has been decided
Fate included in making decisions
"Is this a dagger which I see before me” (2.1.33)
Mentally preparing for murder
Bloody dagger points towards the king's chamber
Signaled with a bell
Multiple meanings - for dagger
Fate: Ensuring murder
Free will: So ambitious unconsciously provokes him
Scene 1
Scene 3
Duncan's body found
Macbeth exclaims deed
Lady Macbeth faints
Sons believe they must run
Scene 3
Duncan is dead
Macbeth isn't content
He disagrees with the prophecies
Guilt is now anxiety
Fate ultimately triumphed
Angry Warcraft goddess meets witches
Leading Macbeth falsely into security
Free will: showing visions
Fate: may actually happen
First Apparition:
"Macbeth, Macbeth: beware Macduff,
Thane of Fife . Dismiss me enough"

Second Apparition:
"Be bloody, bold and resolute; laugh to scorn
The powers of man for none of woman born
Shall harm Macbeth"

" Be lion-mettl'd, proud, and take no care
Who cafes, who frets, or where conspirers are,
Macbeth shall never vanquish'd until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsiniane Hill
Shall come against him.
preparing concoctions in a dark cave
free will: Macbeth approaching the witches
Fate: finding future his true destiny
False feelings of safety
Faith in witches
Found back on Duninsinane hill boasting his powers
Tells his servants they shouldn't worry
Slain by Macduff
Actions turned visions to reality
Fate is predetermined
Destiny - combination of free will
Macbeth greater than fate
Fate = no guilt
Naturally inclined to act one way
Allows only guidance no force
Involvement of the Characters

Plays a huge role
Swayed Macbeth
Could've played Macbeth
Involvement of Characters
Lady Macbeth

Largest influence on Macbeth
Murdering Duncan
Witches controlling - unsexing soliloquy
Thirst for power
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