Macbeth : A Victim Of Choice Not Fate

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Soeui Beak Mr. Crady World Literature 2 November 2016 Macbeth a Victim of Choice not Fate Humans have their own free wills and they behave based on their ambitions. Everyday, they make choices; others do not decide what one should do. In Macbeth, brave and loyal Macbeth hears a prophecy about his fate from three witches; they refer to Macbeth as thane of Glamis, thane of Cawdor, and the future king. When he realizes that these prophecies are true, ambition and greed overcome Macbeth. Boosted by the prophecy and his wife’s encouragement, Macbeth murders King Duncan. His brutality gets worse over time, so at the end of the story, his fear and guilt not only drive him crazy, but also lead him to slay more disrupters for his ultimate authority. Finally, Macbeth is overthrown and killed by Macduff. Fate is not the only factor that drives Macbeth to the destruction of his family. Mostly, it is Macbeth’s free will and ambition that allow him to attain wealth and honor and the demise. Therefore, Macbeth is the guiltiest character in the story. To begin with, Macbeth is a powerful man, but he is deeply ambitious. He does not hide or restrain his unnatural ambition and unvirtuousness from the beginning of the story, which is the biggest mistake that initiate the final tragedy. The three witches and the prophecies may appear as the most influential factor to the ultimate calamity, but Macbeth 's vaulting ambition was already present deep in his mind and leads him to his downfall. When
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