Macbeth Idea Trace- Fate and Free Will

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Fate and Free Will Idea Sheet: Macbeth II. ii. 1-3 “That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold. / What hath quenched them hath given me fire.” Lady Machbeth’s thoughts are strongly influenced by how much she’s sufferenced since executing Duncan’s death along with Macbeth and how this event is going to act as a turnaround in her life. It executes how her free will in life gave her the choices that she decided to take, executing her fate as making her miserable and full of sorrow. I. ii. 39 “... shall be counseled.” Banquo happily agreed to Macbeth to go and spend a few minutes talking with the Weird Sisters to comfort himself of the dream he had of the Weird Sisters showing Macbeth “some truth.” (II. i. 25-26) Banquo sees the opportunity to figure out the dream that fate has given him and takes it, illustrating his free will in life trying to make sense of the fate he was given. I. iii. 154-155 “If chance will have me King, why,/ chance may crown me,/ Without my stir.” After encountering the Weird Sisters with Banquo, Banquo cautions him not to give the creatures’ words much credence. Though, within minutes Ross arrives to tell Macbeth that the king has bestowed the title Thane of Cawdor upon him as the witches had predicted. Macbeth then begins to ponder the power of fate. However at the same time, Banquo understands the role that free will plays when he quotes I. iii. 158-160 “New honors came upon him,/ Like ouir strange garments, cleave not/ to their mold/ But with the aid of use.” I. ii. 8-12 “And fortune, on his damned quarrel smiling/ Showed like a rebel’s whore, but all’s too weak:/ For brave Macbeth-- well he deserves that name--/ Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel,/ Which smoked with bloody executions,” A bleeding captain returns from the battlefield and describes to Duncan and Malcolm the victory of Macbeth

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