Essay On Free Will In Macbeth

“If a chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, without my stir” (1.3.157-159). Shakespeare believe that our action determines our fate as shown through Macbeth.. In Shakespeare's Macbeth, the tragedy began when Macbeth became the victim of his own desire. Every downhill and event was created through his own will. The prophecy was told, but it was up to him decides to carry on the murder of King Duncan. The witches foretell the future, but they did not control his action. Macbeth has the free will that would make it possible to behave virtuously, whatever the witches have predicted. Macbeth was in control of himself and responsible for his action. He is aware of his fate, but believes only his action can fulfill it. He was greatly …show more content…
The text evidence shows when the witches gave prophecy about Macbeth and Banquo. “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” (1.3.49-53). The witches tell Macbeth that he is the thane of Glamis, will be the thane of Cawdor, and shall be the future king of Scotland. This is the first example of fate in the play. Macbeth heard the prophecy for the very first time which marks the beginning Macbeth fate. This proves my thesis because if the prophecy weren’t told, Macbeth would have had a different fate. But It’s his decision to fulfill his prophecy which led him to his first tragic resolution. He felt the guilt, but still carries on with the …show more content…
For the most part, the future is in our own hand. William Shakespeare's shows fate through Macbeth action. The roles of fate and free will in Macbeth ultimately led to Macbeth's downfall. Though fate guides Macbeth's thinking, he freely chose to commit the murder that he did. His reliance and trust in fate made him overly confident. Macbeth does everything out of his own will, and mindset. He is responsible for every action he makes. I believe that fate lays out a path like a template and we as individuals make choices to bend the path to the left or right in order to map our

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