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 …show more content…
Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell." (II, i, 70-72). He had killed the king to fulfill his lust-filled greed. That was the works of free will. The witches never foretold of what he had to do to become king, Macbeth chose that for himself. What are the odds that the witches new where exactly to meet him and how to corrupt him in Act 1 Scene 3? It was 1 to 1 odds. It was inevitable; it was fate that the witches would be there on the heath as Macbeth was passing with Banquo. It is almost as if his days of end were starting right there before him; his nail in the cross to say in a way. They were there for a reason. To corrupt his soul for whatever wicked purpose they found fit. Later on in the play the witches return and show him these apparitions with tales of warning. The first apparition says, "Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff; Beware the thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough" (IV, i, 78-79). Then the witches show him the second apparition, he states "Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn The
He starts killing anyone he suspects will betray him, including his best friend, Banquo, and Banquo’s son, Fleance. However, Fleance escapes. The king’s sons flee to England and Ireland. Macbeth soon visits the three witches again and makes them to show him the truth of prophecies. To answer his questions they conjure up ghosts, each one tells a prediction or a further prophesy.
Witchcraft is all fun and games until it is the reason for your death trial. The Salem witch trials was illustrated by author Arthur Miller in the play The Crucible. As John Hopwood states, Miller’s stories and plays reflected his view of the American culture. Even though all the characters seem as if they are American, each character reflects struggles that everyday people go through. Hopwood goes on to state, “Miller's characters suffer from anxiety, depression, and guilt, and it was the genius of Miller to portray their pain and sorrow realistically, creating works that were familiar, yet uncanny in their power to move an audience.”
In Act 1, Scene 1 the witches discuss when and where they are going to meet Macbeth, “There to meet with Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 1, line 8).” This shows from the very beginning the witches had planned their meeting with Macbeth. It was not mere coincidence that Macbeth and Banquo saw the witches, it was already prearranged. On top of this, when Macbeth met with the witches, they told him he would become Thane of Cawdor, and then king (Act 1, Scene 3, lines 48-50). In telling Macbeth this, it set into action Macbeth’s quest to become king and fulfill the witches’ prophecy.
As such, Macbeth is once again influenced by what the witches call upon. Three apparitions appear before Macbeth. The first apparition is his own severed head, confirming his fears about Macduff. In Act IV, Scene I, the apparitions say these words “Macbeth! Macbeth!
Macbeth come across the three witches, there they state, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor” (Act 1, Scene 3). In reply to the three witches, Macbeth demanded “stay you imperfect speakers! Tell me more”. With just these few statements announced, Macbeth’s thirst for power and glory arises and is clearly seen.
In Document D, Macbeth states, "Then live, Macduff: what need I fear of thee? But yet I'll make assurance double sure, ... thou shalt not live…” In this quote, Macbeth is expressing his confidence that he does not need to fear Macduff, a Scottish nobleman who he suspects may be a threat to his reign. However, even though he believes he has no reason to fear Macduff, he wants to eliminate any potential threats to his rule.
First off, Macbeth inevitably decided to kill Duncan. He may have been heavily influence, but he undoubtedly could have chosen not to and at times, he would contemplate whether he should or should not. The act of murdering Duncan sent him to a downward spiral. He ordered murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance. .
After the victory of Banquo and Macbeth against the king 's traitor Macdonwald the witches presence contract the vibe of manipulation seeking Macbeth as its next victim. As they encounter with Macbeth and Banquo, they start-off questioning the trio of leery ladies. "look not like the inhabitants of the earth, / And yet are on it"; they seem to understand him, and yet he cannot be sure; they "should be women," and yet they are bearded. One by one the witches told Macbeth his upcoming abundance of power leaving him immensely petrified. As a result the prophecies were the contemporary force plaguing Macbeth into slaughtering King Duncan for his aspiration.
In the play, Macbeth, I believe that one of the witches was the third murderer. In the play, Macbeth hires two murderers to carry out several brutal acts for him. When the murderers go to kill Banquo and his son, there are three murderers. The witches love to use people and watch them suffers. To do this to Macbeth, they need to gain his trust.
At the start of the play, Macbeth visits the witches with Banquo at the closing of the battle. The witches speak to Macbeth and Banquo and get the idea of a prophecy in Macbeth’s mind. “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” (1.3.46-48). When the witches get the prophecy in Macbeth’s mind, he believes it will come true and misunderstands the prophecy of the witches. Although the witches make Macbeth believe in the prophecy of becoming the King, Macbeth is responsible for his downfall because they do not recommend Macbeth to kill Duncan.
Macbeth had another chance to change his outcome. his wife was consumed with the idea that he would become king, so much so that she pushed him to kill the current King. She said she couldn 't do it because King Duncan looked too much like her own father. Macbeth could have easily dismissed this and not listened to his mentally dwindling wife, “Come, thick night, and pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, that my keen knife see not the wound it makes, nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, to cry ‘hold, hold!’” He followed the instructions of his wife and killed the king.
Macbeth fate started of when he met the witches at the battle field after winning the battle against Macdonwald. The three witches predicted that he will become the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth believes their prediction “ If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me Wthout my stir”
Macbeth had choices, even with the witches foretelling his fortune and his doom, and he chose every action, crime, and path he took. Fate had nothing to do with Macbeth’s actions, and Macbeth can be held accountable for all his actions since he could clearly determine between both sides in his choices, he understood the consequences, and
Although, he feels the need to be king as soon as possible and do whatever it takes to get there as soon as possible. Instead of fate occurring like someone or something else killing the King Macbeth does it himself. There was no need to kill him, yet Macbeth used free choice instead of fate to become the king. Secondly, Macbeth also choses free choice instead of fate when he decides to kill Macduff’s family.