Fate And Freewill In Shakespeare's Macbeth: Fate Vs. Free Will

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Register to read the introduction… Having Macbeth murder Duncan to become King makes it seem to Macbeth that he can control his own fate. This only makes it worse for Macbeth, because it is now engraved in his mind that murder can change fate. Now that Duncan is taken care of, it is Banquo that Macbeth is worried about, for Macbeth is convinced that Banquo knows too much because he was the only other person with him when the witches prophesized his fate. It’s not only Banquo that Macbeth wants to murder, he also wants to change the prophecy of Banquo’s descendants becoming Kings by murdering them as well, as he states “To make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings!;/ Rather than so, come fate into the list,;/ And champion me to th’ utterance.” (III, I, 70-73). This line directly shows that Macbeth now thinks he is in control, and that he can challenge fate by murdering the sons of Banquo to change what the witch’s prophesized for the descendants of Banquo to become …show more content…
The first apparition notifies Macbeth that he must “beware Macduff.;/ Beware the thane of Fife.” (IV, i, 71-72). The second apparition tells Macbeth “Laugh to scorn;/ The power of man, for none of woman born;/ Shall harm Macbeth.” (IV, i, 79-81), and the third apparition says to Macbeth “Macbeth shall never vanquished be until;/ Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill;/ Shall come against him.” (IV, i, 93-95). On top of all of the destiny told to Macbeth, the weird sisters also present to Macbeth projections of Banquo’s descendants one after another with crowns on, showing them as kings of many countries. The prophecy stating that Macbeth would not be harmed by any man born by a woman creates a fake sense of security for Macbeth. At this point in the tragedy, Macbeth is using the information he just took in as a guideline for his life, and tries to change his fate attempting to change everything that was predicted to happen, by attempting to kill the descendant Malcolm of Banquo, so he does not succeed to the throne, and creating Macduff as his enemy to go to war

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