Examples Of Free Will In Macbeth

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Macbeth: Fate or Free Will? The story of Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is a famous tragedy that demonstrates the rise and the fall of a King. Macbeth was once only a warrior until the news was delivered by three mysterious witches that he will soon become the future King, as well as the Thane of Cawdor. Shortly after the consultation with the witches, other soldiers present Macbeth with the title of the Thane of Cawdor. After being presented this news, Macbeth is now interested to if he will soon become King. This ambition soon leads Macbeth to perform sinister acts on anyone who steps between him and his opportunity to get to the throne. Although this was all predicted by the fate of the witches, Macbeth’s choices to murder Duncan,…show more content…
Macbeth wrote Lady Macbeth a letter describing the witches prophecy for them and their family, and that is when Lady Macbeth calls the “Thick night, [to] pall thee into the dunnest smoke of hell that my knife see not the wound it makes nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark to cry, “hold hold”” (I.I.53-57). Lady Macbeth wants to remove herself of her femininity and to fill herself with the darkness in order for this prediction to become true. The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are the opposite of a stereotypical couple. Lady Macbeth seems to be the one stating the orders while Macbeth follows them. Macbeth then begins to question whether or not he wants to murder Duncan, when Lady Macbeth quickly states “Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would, Like the poor cat in the adage?” (I.VII.45-50). Lady Macbeth calls out Macbeth as a coward who needs to do the deed in order to obtain the throne, which convinces Macbeth to go through with the murder of Duncan. Fate did not determine the murder of Duncan, but it only influenced it. It was the conscious decisions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to commit murder and

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