Fate shows the characterization of disillusionment, and conveys the theme do not let fate decide a person’s future, take action and alter it to make it come true. After Macbeth comes back from fighting, witches appear and tell him his prophecy. “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” (1.3.51-53).
Before he makes his way home, Macbeth sends a letter to Lady Macbeth stating the happenings with the witches and the message of the king for him; after the witches tell Macbeth of his fate, they vanish into thin air and the messenger of the king comes with the news, confirming the prophecy concerning being the Thane of Cawdor. Lady Macbeth is aware that the path to power is through bloodshed, which she approves and encourages Macbeth to accomplish while they receive King Duncan as a guest in their house. In a scene where Macbeth and Lady Macbeth talk on how they should approach the situation, Macbeth says that he cannot follow through with this scheme for it is against the law of honor to murder a king who has done a country nothing but good and is acting as an honored guest. Lady Macbeth then replies “was the hope drunk Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?
However, this is not the first time the witches have mentioned Macbeth. The third Witch mentions in Act I, scene I, that the next time the three will meet, shall be to meet with Macbeth. This would all occur after ‘the battles lost, and won’. While this could be in reference to the battle in which Macbeth is fighting for Duncan against Norway, it could also be in reference to a metaphorical battle for Macbeth’s soul. This association also is shown in Macbeth’s unwitting echo of the witches ‘so foul and fair a day I have not seen’.
The outcome of the fresh news is dependent on the reaction of the fortune’s receiver. Shakespeare develops this motif around the core of the story to ask the reader “how impactful is fate?” The question of fate is negated by the witches’ prophecies for Macbeth. In the beginning of the novel, the witches are introduced by lightning and thunder which gives the reader the impression that evil resides in these creepy women. The first confrontation between the witches and Macbeth occurs just after King Duncan decides to name Macbeth thane of Cawdor, but Macbeth does not know that yet. Each witch praises Macbeth with a new fortune at his arrival upon the scene.
As the play continues, he realizes how dreadful they actually are. “Sleep shall neither night nor day/Hang upon his pent-house lid;/He shall live a man forbid” (I.III.19-21). The witches are discussing their prophecies to Macbeth and Banquo, Macbeth’s co-general in the wars. They are foreshadowing how miserable Macbeth will be after the murders even though he will be king. In this scene the witches also foreshadow how Banquo will be happier than Macbeth but won’t be king.
But hush, no more.” (3.1.9-10). This means that Banquo will not act upon what the witches are telling him. What the witches are telling Macbeth would also never be coming true if he hadn’t acted upon it. As Banquo puts it in the play, “The instruments of darkness tell us truths,/Win us with honest trifles, to betray ’s/In deepest consequence.” (1.3.126-128). To reinforce what Banquo says, Macbeth already knows that he is thane of Glamis.
Here, Macbeth is seen giving into Lady Macbeth’s persistency in murdering King Duncan. By declaring that he will “do all that may become a man,” Macbeth is also deciding to entrust himself and go down the path of free will. Given that Macbeth is showing hesitancy towards going through with the plan, readers can consequently see that his ambition has risen, yet not to extreme heights. As the play progresses, Macbeth reverts back to accepting the fate of the Three Witches. He visits them once more and demands that they predict his future, and the Weird Sisters prophesize: “laugh to scorn the power of a man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth” (IV.i.79-81), to which he responds with, “I’ll make assurance double sure and take a bond of fate” (IV.i.83-84).
The Most to Blame for King Duncan’s Death In William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth it talks about a hero coming back from a viscous battle, from a group of rebels trying to take over the castle that the king’s lives in. After the hero comes back from a bloody battle he encounters three witches that tell him that he will have three titles one in the past thane of Glamis, one in the present thane of Cawdor, and one in the future king. After the witches tell Macbeth about the prophecy he gets the idea of wanting to be the new king and feels that Duncan should isn’t fit to be the king. After Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have a brief argument on wither Macbeth should kill Duncan. They finally come to a conclusion that they should and they form a plan to kill him.
Macbeth’s reaction to the witches’ prophecies are different than Banquo’s reaction to the prophecies. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, the witches’ also known as the “weird sisters”. Two main purpose of the witches are to prepare audience for Macbeth and give the keynote of the play, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” (1.1.10). The keynote reveals a major theme appearance vs. reality. Macbeth’s first words immediately connect him to the key note: “So foul and fair a day I have not seen” (1.3.38).
In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare the role of freewill is characterized in many ways. Throughout the play Macbeth's rise to kingship showed how other people's opinions influenced his choices. The three witches appeared many times throughout the play and they had gotten their ideas into Macbeth's head and he used them as a support that he could become king of Scotland. His own wife Lady Macbeth pushed him into making bad decisions because she was greedy, and Macduff became his worst enemy as he was his reason for his tragic death. In the beginning of the play the three witches appear to tell Macbeth about his future.