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FATE AND FREE WILL IN MACBETH

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Transcript of FATE AND FREE WILL IN MACBETH

FATE AND FREE WILL IN MACBETH

Definitions
MACBETH'S ATTITUDE
Whatever happens in life is meant to not be able to change, but the pre-determined fate of Macbeth could always be changed through the way he behaves and the decision he makes.



Pawn of fate or Agent of free will?
Downfall caused by fate or free will?
FATE
Something that unavoidably befalls a person; fortune, nothing is in one’s absolute control.

FREE WILL
A free and independent, voluntary choice based on the individual
INITIAL RESPONSE
CURIOUS ATTITUDE
ATTITUDE CHANGE
Macbeth's attitude changes immensely as his ambitions takes over


Macbeth's motivation from free will
The witches suggest kinghood for Macbeth, and he chose to accept the premise

"The witches gave Macbeth a flame, but Macbeth lit himself on fire and kept feeding that fire until he was completely destroyed. "
"Macbeth’s downfall was not caused by his fate but more of his own choices and free will."

"...but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desires. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death" James 1:14-15

Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
GUIDING QUESTIONS
1. What is Macbeth's initial response to the weird sisters' prophecy? Does his attitude change at some point?
2. Are the events of Macbeth’s life pre-determined or does his actions change the course of his life?
3. Does Macbeth act as a pawn of fate or a agent of free will? Was his downfall caused by fate or his choices?


Pre-determined of fate gives a sense of power and security.
Lady Macbeth:
NOTABLE DIFFERENCE
“Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem/ To have thee crown’d withal” (act 1.5) .


“If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, without my stir”.

Macbeth:
Lady Macbeth assumes that fate doesn’t Make things happen, instead they have to be achieved themselves
Macbeth is content to leave his future to his “fate”
Metaphorically
speaking...
If fate was responsible for Macbeth’s tragic ending, he wouldn’t have seize control the way he did by numerous murders.


Fate
Free will
Is Macbeth just simply following
his destiny?
Unwholesame Spark of desire (free will)
Action and consequences (free will)
Predetermination of prophecies (fate)
Although Macbeth was prophesied to be king.....
He was never instructed on how to
achieve the role
Macbeth becomes Thane of
Cawdor (FATE)
“If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, without my stir”.
Method on how he succeeded in receiving the role (Free Will)
In Conclusion...
Thank you!
Duncan Appoints sons as prince
“Prince of cumberland” That is a step on which I must fall down….. Let not see my black and deep desires”
After ambition takes over...
Leads to negative impacts of several relationships
Macbeth
Banquo
Hatred caused by hunger of power & positive moral character
Realization
“Tomorrow, and tomorrow
and tomorrow” Act 5
REALIZES
Great mistake believing that he has control over his own fate, which was a false light.
fate
may dictate the future of an individual,
Fulfillment of destiny is a matter of a man’s
free will.
The text shows distinction that..
He had several opportunities to see the erros of his actions
He is aware that his vaulting ambition is his only reason for murdering Duncan
Macbeth Creates his own tragic circumstance
Macbeth had the choice to choose between
Fate
Free will
Yet he still commits the sin
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