Fate In Macbeth

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Is fate fake? It is a question that is often asked but not answered by many people. According to dictionary.com(2018) fate is “the universal principle or ultimate agency by which the order of things is presumably prescribed”. This means we think, do, and act according to our predetermined destiny. In the United States of America close to 52% of Americans do believe in the existence of fate(Harper, 2015). This is an ongoing debate that has been happening for centuries. There is no better classic book than Macbeth that reveals the reality of fate in people’s lives. Macbeth 's life shows how fate predetermines his actions because of the prophecies that made him king, the prophecies that helped him gain power, and the prophecies that led to his…show more content…
“All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!”(act 1, scene 3, pg 3). These are the exact words from the witches to Macbeth a man they have never met. In an instance Macbeth seems startled almost like he is being controlled, almost as if he loses control of his mind for the moment. Besides this fact it seems as if all the events are perfectly lined up depicting exactly what the prophecies foretold. After the encounter with the witches that same night the king decides to stay at the residence of Macbeth. We see Macbeth get the opportunity of a lifetime as the throne is basically handed to him that night. After the murdering of the king Macbeth seems to be the unanimous choice for king surprisingly even though the former king had two sons. Other then that there were plenty of other thanes that were also capable of the throne and the lack of discussion may show the impact of fate amongst the nation. We finish the scene by seeing Macbeth take the throne and start his journey as Scotland’s new…show more content…
In the entirety of the play Macbeth gains power by murdering his enemies and those who suspect him. This also ties into his downfall, if you hear the witches prophecies clearly you might be able to tell that they also predict that happening. Yet Macbeth blinded by power has overlooked this and is only looking to gain more strength and build on what he has already. “Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all, As the weird women promised, and I fear Thou played’st most foully for ’t.”(act 3, scene 1, pg 1). Banquo’s suspicion evidently leads to his death as Macbeth has him murdered before the banquet. He is also killed for the reason that the prophecy of the witches made it clear that Banquo’s children would be future kings. “But that myself should be the root and father of many kings”(act 3, scene 1, pg 1). Many suspect the king Macbeth but do not dare open their mouths out of fear that them to would be killed. The power the witches predicted Macbeth would have came true and as fate would have it Macbeth’s power grew and so did his influence across the nation so much so that England had started to keep an eye on him and this would lead to his eventual

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