Macbeth, By William Shakespeare Essay

1110 Words May 19th, 2015 5 Pages
Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, once stated, “Life is a game of cards.The hand you 're dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.” His thoughts are relevant to Macbeth, in which the main protagonist, Macbeth, struggles as he assumes power. Throughout the play, Macbeth encounters many situations such as the witches’ prophecy and Lady Macbeth’s persuasion, which on the surface, appears to indicate that fate caused his violent actions. The witches and Lady Macbeth try to twist Macbeth’s morals and make his ideas become disturbing. Although one may believe Macbeth’s actions are an act of fate, his actions are entirely based on his free will. Macbeth willingly trusts the witches’ prophecy although he realized their wickedness. In the beginning of Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth and Banquo confront three witches who state the prophecy, “All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!/All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!/ All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be King hereafter” (1.3.48-50). The witches’ prophecy foretells that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor, and eventually the king of Scotland. However, the witch 's statement is rather vague and leaves Macbeth very confused. It is only after Macbeth becomes Thane of Cawdor that he believes the witches’ prophecy. At that point, it appears that Macbeth follows fate, however Banquo later warns Macbeth by stating, “The instruments of Darkness tell us truths: Win us with honest trifles, to…

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