Shakespeare 's Macbeth - Free Will And Fate Essay examples

1089 Words Jul 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
In Shakespeare 's tragedy, Macbeth, Macbeth was a victim of both free will and fate. One

was not more predominant than the other. It seemed as if Macbeth was just following his

destiny at first, but he had a chance to change his fate. It was his lust for power that leads

him to doom through his own free will.

In Act I, the three witches visit Macbeth and Banquo on the heath. The witches

make three predictions; past, present, future. Macbeth is Thane Of Glamis, he will be the

Thane of Cawdor, and then he will become King, and Banquo 's sons will become king but

not Banquo. Later in the same scene, Ross and Angus meet Macbeth. They tell Macbeth

that he is now the Thane of Cawdor by Duncan 's command. Almost immediately after the

witches have visited him, Macbeth begins to make their prophecies a reality. He is almost

trying to fulfill the tempting predictions, now that his mind is lust-filled for power, instead

of remaining loyal to the King. It is not without the help of his wife, though. In (I, vii,

52-64 she said, "What beast was 't, then, That made you break this enterprise to me? When

you durst do it, then you were a man; And, to be more than what you were, you would Be

so much more the man. Nor time nor place Did then adhere, and yet you would make

both: They have made themselves, and that their fitness now Does unmake you. I have

given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was

smiling in my face, Have pluck 'd…

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