The Fate of Macbeth: the Man, the Maverick, the Myth

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In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Donalbain says that, “Where we are there are daggers in men’s smiles” (2.4.141)… And in this play, perception plays a big role. Hence, the reoccurring main theme “fair is foul and foul is fair” (1.1.10). Macbeth and his devious plans become his downfall, and unfortunately for him the murders will not cease. Corruption begins with the predictions of the witches and their paradox statements about future events. Since Macbeth is so hung up on their words, he and Lady Macbeth develop this growing ambition to take the throne. Due to those contributing factors, a sequence of events occur, and well, “it will have blood, they say: blood will have blood” (3.5.123). The worst part is you never know when it is coming. Without the witches in Macbeth, there would be an enormous change in events. It is because of them that the main theme “fair is foul and foul is fair” (1.1.10), is so reoccurring. When Macbeth first comes in contact with the witches, they tell him that along with being the Thane of Glamis, he will be Thane of Cawdor, and “King hereafter” (1.1.50)! Macbeth is shocked to hear this because he did not know how they knew what he would become, let alone who he was. When they tell Banquo that, “thou shalt get kings, though thou be none” (1.3.67-68), Macbeth gets curious about how he could become king, and goes insane just thinking about it. When he finds out that he is the Thane of Cawdor, he realizes that the witch’s words were beginning to come true. Without thinking about whether the witches were good or bad, he and Lady Macbeth start to devise a plan. At his second encounter with the witches, they have a few more predictions for him. This time they are things he should beware because of all he has done. What Macbeth is not aware of is that if he believes what he is told by the witches again, his responding actions can ultimately impel the
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