Essay Destiny, Fate, and Free Will in Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Macbeth:  The Role of Fate   Fate plays an important role in Shakespeare's Macbeth.  The weird sisters use fate to wreak havoc among the Scottish nobility.  Also, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth tempt fate.  Later in the play, Malcolm, Macduff and the other revolutionaries try to alter fate.  Fate can be many things to many different people.   If one believes that fate is all-encompassing, then it becomes a perfect excuse for one's deeds.  Yet, to Macbeth fate was something far more complex.  Macbeth, upon seeing some truth in the witches’ prophecies, chose to believe all that they spoke and yet occasionally felt that he needed to give fate a hand…show more content…
Macbeth's over-zealousness for political power led him to the murder of Duncan, the assassination of Banquo, and finally the slaughter of MacDuff's family.  These events spur the revolution that eventually costs Macbeth his crown and his life, not to mention the wife he loses along the way. Now, many can argue that Macbeth is to be pitied because of the hand fate deals him, but there are other facets of his situation to be considered.  For instance, does Macbeth actually have a choice over what he will do or become?  To many the answer might be "No," but in reality, as we all must know from everyday life, the answer is "Yes.”  Macbeth, and any human being for that matter, does have limited control over the outcome of his or her life based on decisions he or she makes at certain critical times in life.  These critical times are momentous occasions; for Macbeth, deciding whether or not to kill Duncan was one of these moments.  Other decisions humans make do not seem to have as much impact as the major ones; for instance, whether to be black or red in a game of checkers is not likely to have any impact on whether you die of old age or a decapitation.  However, these decisions, as every action does, affect something.  These small decisions can lead one slightly off of one path and eventually onto another
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