Macbeth Is Not A Helpless Victim Of Fate Essay

811 Words Jan 14th, 2016 4 Pages
Arthur Schopenhauer once said, “Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.” In Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth is a middle-aged man who wants nothing more than to be the king of Scotland. With this yearning for power comes the problem of how to obtain it. Was it fate that controlled Macbeth or his own free will? Free will is a free and independent choice while fate is the development of events beyond a person’s control. Macbeth is not a helpless victim of fate, he was in control of all of his actions and decisions. He is prophesied his fate by the witches, but he is not told how to accomplish it. Although influenced by the witches, Macbeth decided that he would take control of his own fate to achieve his desired goal. The witches foresee Macbeth’s future and recount his predetermined destiny to him, which then leads him to decide whether he should take action or let fate take over. “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)” Once being crowned Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth was convinced that the prophecy was indeed true and that he would soon become the king. The witches never told him how this would all come about and Macbeth had to make a decision of whether he would take control of his own future or let destiny and fate guide the way. “The prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down, or else overleap, for in my way it…

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