Fate Vs. Free Will

988 Words Mar 13th, 2016 4 Pages
Throughout the scottish tragedy Macbeth, William Shakespeare plays with the concept of fate versus free will in the the title character, Macbeth. This internal conflict is sparked and continued by the presence of the witches; three old hags whose primary purpose is presumably to serve evil. The three witches are in control of Macbeth throughout the play by incanting prophecies that ultimately remove Macbeth’s free will. Shakespeare chooses the witches to serve as the stimulant for Macbeth’s unethical downfall because of their notorious reputation. Both the author’s life and the writing of the tragedy Macbeth, took place in the european Elizabethan Era. A prominent recurrence in the Elizabethan Era are the famous Witch Trials. Women who were seen as evil, psychotic, powerful or heretical were put on trial by figures of the Catholic Reformation for their “wrongdoing. Thus, Shakespeare uses the witches as the evil incarnate to emphasize the sins of the witches in Macbeth.
Although at the beginning, Macbeth has the freewill to chose what to do, he frequently follows the path predicted by the witches. Although some may argue that Macbeth is just a helpless victim of fate, it is difficult to know whether or not the witches speak of Macbeth’s true fate and future, or if they chant their prophecy to manipulate Macbeth into performing villainous deeds. In the scottish tragedy, it appears that the predictions of the witches are the catalyst for Macbeth’s descent into immorality.…

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