Bound by Fate, Pained by Free Will For centuries, many people have debated and grappled with the idea of fate versus free will. Is a person’s life controlled by fate or is a person entirely responsible for their actions and subsequent consequences? American Professor Randy Pausch describes the relationship between fate and free will well when he writes, “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the game”. In the tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, it appears as though Macbeth’s fate is predetermined from the beginning, however, it is his actions that determine how he reaches his destiny.
Ambition is a candle; a leading light with a willpower that guides one to the next light. Yet a wind appears in the opposite direction; making its way to the candle. The strength of the flame will not remain as the wind reflects the malicious change. Poet, William Shakespeare, in his play, “Macbeth”, portrays an intrepid man who loses his humanity and rushes his fate of becoming king; turning into the most hated man in his kingdom. Shakespeare’s purpose is to expand the consequences of leading with an egocentric mentality and depicting the limits of one’s ambition.
In Macbeth, Shakespeare is exploring the boundaries of good and evil in a man’s heart with Macbeth. Macbeth uses three main things that go to the boundaries of good and evil. First, the killing of a loyal king, second killing his beloved friend and his son, and third killing MacDuff’s family. These three things push the limits of a man’s heart.
The story of Macbeth shows that in order to take something you must pay a price. Macbeth a general learns of a prophecy that three witches tell him. They said that he will gain power by becoming king. But only one thing stands in his way and that is the former King, King Duncan.
A mix between being power hungry and selfishness can lead to destruction and mass chaos. Both Macbeth and Orenthal James Simpson, nicknamed “The Juice” displayed these traits, which later lead them to face their consequences. Macbeth killed to gain power for himself, and so did O.J Simpson. Both men were dominated by their power hungry and selfishness, which lead to the death of Macbeth and Nicole Brown. Macbeth and O.J Simpson show similar qualities such as power hungry, selfishness, and both were well trusted prior to the murders.
MacBeth is the main character in Shakespeare's MacBeth and rightfully so. He is the character that changes the most and has the greatest impact on the story. MacBeth is the one whom the tragedy is placed on, and because of this it is his story. MacBeth's dynamic character changes throughout the play driving the story forward and showing the theme of visions of power create ambition in individuals. The first point that has to be explained is MacBeth's dynamic character.
People are responsible for the consequences of their own actions. A responsible person should be held accountable for what they’ve done even if it’s good or not. Sometimes, it’s different because that person may have been pressured by their friends or family members. When you are pressured by friends or family you have the tendency to lean towards what they say. Macbeth a play written by William Shakespeare that demonstrates a person’s responsibility for their personal actions.
Thousands of leaders have come and gone, yet not all were true to their people and often chose a corrupted path full of absolute power and tyranny. Although determination and willpower helps people obtain a position of leadership, this same drive can lead to arrogance and an abuse of power. Hundreds of pieces of literature highlight this frequently seen concept of leaders and William Shakespeare was no different when he wrote the play Macbeth. Shakespeare wrote many tragedies to reflect humanity’s turmoils and shining moments and the tragic hero of the play, Macbeth, best displays such truths as the reader is led through his immoral path to overthrow King Duncan and assume the throne. The corruption of power is not that uncommon and Macbeth
At the beginning of the play “The Tragedy of Macbeth” by William Shakespeare the character Macbeth went from being a brave, and loyal soldier to a heartless and power wanting tyrant who assassinated King Duncan with the help of his forceful wife Lady Macbeth. At the beginning of the play the Weird Sisters gave Macbeth three prophecies; that he would the Thane of Glamis, that he would be Thane of Cawdor, and that he would be King over all. After Macbeth kills King Duncan and everyone catches word that their King is dead people start to wonder about who would do such a thing. Soon after Duncan’s death, his two sons, Malcolm and Donalbain decide to leave Macbeth’s castle as a precaution against their own death, Malcolm ended up fleeing to England and Donalbain ended up fleeing to Ireland. Once Macbeth is crowned King he seizes his power through being violent and committing murder, his life completely darkened with the crime he has committed.
Corrupt Soul The natural man thrives to be in control, whether it be of himself, animals, or other people. Power is an addiction and addicts look for scenarios to be in charge to trigger the same amount of dopamine release in their brain that gives them pleasure. Throughout the centuries there has been numerous power-hungry leaders that corrupted millions of people to satisfy their personal cravings. Adolfus Hitler, leader of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945, is a great example of corrupting government to pleasure his personal addiction with power.
In the beginning of Shakespeare's play, “Macbeth”, Macbeth is portrayed as an honest and trustworthy man. In act 1 scene 2, we see Macbeth in the beginning in battle, where he claims victory by killing Mcdonald. Our first impression is that he is a honest, loyal soldier. After the battle, the Captain calls Macbeth “brave” and later he is called “valiant”. Our view of him in the beginning changes as we see his character change along with his status and his meetings with the witches.