Essay about Macbeth Fate vs. Freewill

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Fate vs. Freewill
In Shakespeare’s Tragedy Macbeth, it is very debatable if fate, or freewill is what causes Macbeth to do the things he does through out the tragedy. Freewill is at work most through out the tragedy because Macbeth is convinced he can change or speed up the fate the three weird sisters prophesized for him at his own will. Throughout the play, Macbeth slowly begins to think he can modify his fate by using the prophecies told to Macbeth by the weird sisters and attempting to change them by his free will.
At the first encountering of the three weird sisters by Macbeth, they present to Macbeth a foreshadow of his destiny by saying, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!;/ All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane
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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 with.
In the tragedy Macbeth, freewill is at work most with Macbeth over fate because Macbeth is convinced that he has the ability to change the fate the three weird sisters prophesized, and evidence includes Macbeth murdering King Duncan due to his idea that Macduff was an obstacle for him to become King, and by attempting to murder Macduff and Fleance, the descendants of Banquo so they do not succeed to the throne as prophesized by the weird sisters. This shows that Macbeth was convinced he could modify his

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