Macbeth - Fate Or Free-will Essay

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Macbeth - Fate Or Free-will


In Shakespeare's Macbeth, there is a question as to whether or not Macbeth is driven by
fate or free will. The three weird sisters approach Macbeth with prophecies that will all
come true in the end. It would appear that Macbeth is just following destiny at first.
However, Macbeth always had a choice throughout the play to choose his own fate. Macbeth
journeyed to his murderous doom through his own free choice.


In Act I, the three witches visit Macbeth and Banquo on the heath. The witches make three
predictions; Macbeth will be the Thane of Cawdor, he will be King, and Banquo's sons will
be king but not Banquo. Even though the witches did make these prophecies, Macbeth's fate
was not sealed. Later in the same scene, Ross and Angus meet Macbeth. They tell Macbeth
that he is now the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth then reflects on the predictions and says,
"Present fears are less than horrible imaginings" (Act I, vii, 139). Macbeth is relating
his fear that he may have to do something violent in order to become king but he hopes
that it can come about by "chance". Almost immediately after the witches have visited him,
Macbeth begins to take their prophecies as a reality. He is almost trying to fulfill the
tempting predictions, now that his mind is lustful for power, instead of remaining loyal
to the King.


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