Quotes Of Fate And Free Will In Macbeth

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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

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