Macbeth Essay

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Macbeth In Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, one learns that fate plays a huge role in life, or does it? Macbeth has the witch’s prophecies in mind as he becomes Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth took the witches prophecies in his own hands, which led him to ultimately choose his own destiny. The witch’s prophecy at the beginning of the play intrigues Macbeth, especially after he became Thane of Cawdor directly after Macbeth and Banquo hear the witches prophecy in the moor. Macbeth is uncertain whether the rest of the prophecy will come true. Macbeth wrote a letter to Lady Macbeth telling her about his encounter with the witches. Her reaction to the letter gives her resolve to kill Duncan. The reader sees that when she says “O, never shall sun that morrow see!” (1.5 70-71). Lady Macbeth understood that she had to manipulate her husband into acting on the witches prophecies. She did that by taunting Macbeth and challenging his manhood until he did, indeed kill Duncan. As the play goes on the prophecies continue to invade Macbeth’s thoughts. Macbeth fears that Banquo’s sons will take the throne. Macbeth hired murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance, while they were on their way to a royal feast. Macbeth felt fate was controlling the circumstance. James 2 “Rather than so, come, fate, into the list, and champion me to utterance!” (3.1 75-76). Fleance escapes and Macbeth feared that it would challenge his spot for king. Macbeth was frightened by a visit from Banquos ghost, so he visited the witch’s cavern, where they told him further prophecies. Macbeth struggled with the prophecies and the effect they had on his life and choices he had to make in order to become king. As people stood in the way of his ultimate goal, to be king, he chose to take the violent path of reaching those goals. As the end of the play nears, the witches showed Macbeth a sequence of prophecies,
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