The Power Of Fate In Shakespeare's "Macbeth"

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Tom Sinnott William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth, takes place in 11th century Scotland. After returning from battle in Norway, Macbeth is greeted by three witches. The witches revealed the future for Macbeth with three prophecies. Although Macbeth was a noble warrior and a Thane, he nevertheless fell into evil temptation because the prophecies laid out before him by the witches. When Macbeth first meets the witches they greet him with three different titles. The first is the Thane of Glamis, the second the Thane of Cawdor, and the third king (Shakespeare 17). After meeting the witches, Macbeth is greeted by a Scottish nobleman as the Thane of Cawdor. This serves as a symbol that fate doesn’t give a characters a choice over their destiny. Characters may choose to not believe in fate, but whether they are conscious of it or not, it was fate that guided their path. Macbeth did not intend to meet the witches and to discover his destiny, it was his fate that presented the witches to him. Macbeth didn’t choose to meet the witches, he did not even have a say about the encounter, it was destined to happen by fate. Prior to Macbeth’s first meeting with the witches, he is already the Thane of Glamis. However, right after the witches vanish he is named the Thane of Cawdor. This event causes Macbeth to believe everything the witches have told him. He believes that their three prophecies are true. Macbeth realizes that the witches have bestowed Macbeth’s fate right in front of him. He now sets himself up to become to become the king, because the witches told him he would become king. After Macbeth slays the current king, Duncan, Macbeth is named the king of Scotland (Shakespeare 75). This event is truly significant because it demonstrates the power of the witches to see the fate of Macbeth and how his actions fall into place to make his fate a reality. Although the witches
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