Macbeth Gullibility And Fate Analysis

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The want for power can be blinding, because of this facade people’s judgement might be impaired causing decisions to be swayed, but the decision’s made none the less were still those made of their own free will. Throughout history there has been a debate about whether or not man controls their destiny or it is predetermined by fate. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare the main character Macbeth shows how he determines his destiny through his gullibility and his decision to rule by fear. Throughout the play Macbeth’s judgement was impaired but still they were his decisions. Macbeth’s gullibility and lack of better judgement allows people to manipulate him. Macbeth gets manipulated many different ways by Lady Macbeth and the witches. …show more content…
Aware of his new power over the kingdom he felt he had nothing to fear especially since he had the backing of the witches. This lack of fear contributed to the internal battle that was aiding in Macbeth’s decisions. Acknowledging this Campbell admits “ [Macbeth] recalls the “Brave Macbeth” but here again he fights [within himself] irrationally...[like] with the courage of the animal that fights without reason” (133). Macbeth’s change from a nobleman went from rational to irrational. Without any fear, Macbeth chose to rule with fear, this choice changed who he was. With the new changes his mindset changed. He even went so far as to kill his best friend, Banquo. The choice to kill Banquo was not predetermined it was his own free will. Macbeth kills him out of fear “Our fears in Banquo/ Stick deep” (3.1. 1058-1059). When Macbeth contemplates killing Banquo “The seeds of Banquo Kings!/ Rather than so,come fate into the list.” (3.1. 1079-1080). The fact that Macbeth is contemplating killing his best friend shows that he is still thinking before he makes decisions. Here Macbeth contrast how his mindset has changed from the beginning of the play and he has now decided to kill his best friend. The next murder of Macduff’s family is just an action with no thought unlike the one with Banquo, Macbeth acts and does not contemplate his actions. ¨Macbeth´s third murderous undertaking (after Duncan and Banquo) is not thought then done; it is ¨thought and done¨¨ (Curran 391). The fact that Macbeth does not think shows that he is no longer thinking rationally. As a result Macbeth demonstrates his change in mentality and ruling as Macbeth´s blood bath continues he stops trying to hide the fact that he is the one killing others, and now is killing to make a statement. The statement he gets across gains him a reputation of being a murderer and a dictator. This dislike was so widespread his closest most loyal men even

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