Macbeth Fate Or Free Will

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Macbeth Fate or Freewill Is Macbeth’s future as King determined by fate or his own freewill? At the beginning o the play, Macbeth is at war and meets three evil witches in the woods. One witch greets him with the title “Thane of Glamis,” a title he currently holds. The second witch greets his as “Thane of Cawdor,” which is a higher title that he does not hold. And the third witch greets him as “King of Scotland,” yet another title he does not hold. (Act 1 sc.3 page 17) First Witch “All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis” Second Witch “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!” Third Witch “ All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” Macbeth then begins to consider the possibilities of becoming Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland. He awakens his ambition and starts believing that the witches have told him his future, as if it was destined to be as they said. Soon after the confrontation with the witches, a messenger comes from the current King of Scotland, Duncan. The messenger tells Macbeth that the King has decided to give him the title of Thane of Cawdor. As soon as he hears this news, he starts to really think that because this has happened, just as the witches said, than it must surely be his destiny to one day become King of Scotland. Some believe that the prediction from the three witches at the beginning of the play was foretelling Macbeth’s predestined future or his fate. They believe that his fate was to become King and that is just what has to happen, no matter the circumstances. I, however, believe that what he sees as his destiny is really the result of his choices or his free will, and the actions he takes in the name of destiny. Just because the witches told him he was to become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland doesn’t mean that is what has to happen. If Macbeth went on with life, never hearing this prediction of
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