This story has both fate and free will. This is more than clear because as mentioned; the prophecy of the witches telling Macbeth he will become the king of Scotland but they didn’t tell him how was he going to become king. He just interpreted the prophecy, as he wanted. Fate has a very important role in the story.
Macbeth is the unquestionably the main character in the book Macbeth by William Shakespeare, however we can question whether or not Macbeth’s free will is legitimate, and I say he is tied by fate and/or chance throughout the play. This essay will expose how outside forces influence and destroy the nature of self-determinism in Macbeth by looking at how the words the witches say relate to the words Macbeth speaks verbally, the witches’ predictions and the fulfilling of the witches’ prophecies. Elements before the first encounter between Macbeth and the witches show that the mind that Macbeth has, is not his. Before even seeing Macbeth, the witches mutter his words before we see him saying them, the two words said by both parties are “foul”
Another intriguing yet blatant aspect of loss of identity in Shakespeare's play is drawn from Macbeth's drastic change in personality which drives from his thirst for power that starts to control him; ultimately changing who he ends up to be. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a highly respected individual - saluted for his service to the King. However when he meets the witches and is spoken to about the prophecy, this begins to change. Macbeth is immediately inclined to believe what the witches have to say through their persuasive and manipulative speech.
While reading Macbeth, it starts to show how Macbeth gets into these situations. The conflicts he created all lead with his own ambition. An expectation was set in his head when the witches said he would become the king of Scotland. At this point of the play everything unravels dramatically. The theme of the play's tragedy and ambition.
In my opinion the “three weird sisters” play a significant role and have complete control over the whole play. The premise of the play Macbeth is his lust for power and all the events that occur in the process to become and maintain being king. Without the weird sisters prophesies to Macbeth does he even embark on his murderous rampage? We learn quickly that Macbeth is a brave and noble warrior, so it doesn’t seem likely that after King Duncan named him Thane of Cawdor he would plot the murder of him after. Though shortly before his promotion the weird sisters do prophecies to him that he will become Thane and later King.
Shakespeare uses metaphors to influence the audience's understanding that not everyone is fit to rule. The idea that not everyone is fit to rule is shown through Lady Macbeth’s manipulation. After Macbeth receives the prophecy that he will become king of Scotland, he is manipulated by Lady Macbeth to carry out the murder of King Duncan, so that Macbeth can take his place in the great chain of being. Lady Macbeth knows she must be manipulative and forceful over her husband to make sure he carries out the murder and the ambition of power is fulfilled for them both, she says “Hie thee hither, that I may pour my spirits in thine ear, and chastise with the valour of my tongue”. This metaphor influences the audience’s understanding that Lady Macbeth
Prophecies can often cause one to take poor and erroneous decisions. In the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, the three witches are morally responsible for King Duncan’s death as they prophesy to Macbeth that he will become the king of Scotland and ultimately results in protagonist to take a series of misguided actions. Macbeth would not have chosen the action of murdering King Duncan for the fulfillment of his ambition without the witches’ prophecies, and the tragedy occurs when Macbeth foolishly trusts the witches and believes in the ambiguous information that witches provide him. One of the factors that the three witches are morally responsible for King Duncan’s death is that they awakens the evil side of Macbeth’s mind by prophesying
Not only Macbeths guilt but also lady Macbeths guilt toward the end of the story as the characters Morality switch throughout the story. When Macbeth is manipulated to finally kill Duncan towards the middle of the play he already starts to show signs of guilt with the representation of blood. “Will all
As Macbeth is plotting to become king, the main obstacles in his way is King Duncan and Banquo. From here the language Macbeth uses is very peculiar, the way he decides to become king is to kill him and he describes it like this “… The bell invites me. / Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell / That summons thee to Heaven, or to Hell”(2.1 64-5). Comparing that to Banquo’s death Macbeth says “… Banquo, thy soul’s flight, /
Blood itself - its color, its smell, and its importance is critical to life and surprising to encounter. The constant appearance of blood in Macbeth constantly remind the audience about how serious the outcomes of the characters actions are. But almost incomparable to the importance of physical blood, is the imagined blood discovered throughout the play. Imaginary blood symbolizes guilt for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. It's not until after the murder of Duncan that their guilt begins to clear up.
The quest for power in literature leas the character’s actions which in turn reveal and enhance the reason why the work was written. Shakespeare uses Macbeth and his quest for power in order to show that the desire for power leads to the fall of these tyrannical people. First, Macbeth’s quest for power shows how easily anyone can seek power which causes actions that one would normally not do. Macbeth was a nobleman who had met witches that told him he would become king which he believed meant that he had to kill the king.
The power of suggestion and the power of prophecy have a significant role in influencing the decisions one makes. This can be seen in the play, Macbeth, and in today’s contemporary society. Within the play, the evil third witch states the prophecy, “All hail, Macbeth, the future king!” to Macbeth, himself (I.iii.51). This absurd statement made by the malicious witches seems ridiculous to believe.
In the play Macbeth, the character Macbeth has many different roles. He is an ambitious man with inner conflicts. Throughout the play he had many different character transitions and motives. Most of his motives are his wife commanding him to do what she says, so his motives are not self-motivating, they are from other characters. Sometimes Macbeth does not know what to do with himself so he asks the people around him for assurance.
All kings have the same role no matter what land they rule. To be loyal, show leadership and do what is best to rule their kingdom. In some cases, not all kings are good. Not only kings crave power, but also the people who have higher titles than the average. Crime or selfish acts are created because of the power they crave to be superior.