The Role Of Fate And Free Will In Macbeth

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Jesse Cadle
Brit Lit
11-19-14

Prompt A
In life there are two outlooks on the future depending on what you believe in. It’s all about fate and free will. Fate believes things happen because that’s the path God intended for you to pursue. It’s almost like God wrote down your entire life when you were born and that’s supposed to be the way it goes. It’s a path you must follow, while free will is setting your future with the present.
The story of Macbeth is a tragedy. It is often played that fate and free will play a huge part in Macbeth. Is free will heroic or evil or is fate heroic or evil. We encounter fate when we encounter the three witches. They play a major role in Macbeth’s fate. They prophet the rise and fall of a tyranny. They tell Macbeth that he will become king. Free will falls in place when he kills the king. “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” (Macbeth)
“And fortune, on his damned quarrel smiling Showed like a rebel's whore, but all's too weak: For brave Macbeth--well he deserves that name-- Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel, Which smoked with bloody executions” This quote examines fate when Macbeth should have died in the
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They tell him that he will become king. Soon after that Macbeth sets out to kill the existing king and soon after claims the throne. This is an example of free will. The witches may have said their prophecy as in Duncan dying in a couple months. Macbeth then would take the throne. He speed up the process. Is Macbeth's claim to the throne really a matter of fate, or were the words of the witches only what pushed Macbeth into executing a plot that had been stewing in his mind for quite a while. Is this a dagger which I see before me, “The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible to feeling as to sight? Or art thou but a dagger of the mind, a false creation, proceeding from the heat-oppressed

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