Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Choices MacBeth Made That Decided His Own Fate

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A self-fulfilling prophecy is a statement that alters one’s actions and evokes a behavior from a person/character which makes the originally false statement come true (Wisegeek). For example, one might say, “Today is going to be a great day!” Which will alter a persons actions in a way that will actually make this prediction come true. William Shakespeare’s, The Tragedy of Macbeth, uses self-fulfilling prophecy in a subtle yet foreshadowing way to prepare and unfurl the thoughts and actions of his characters. This tragedy, written in the early 1600’s, was composed mainly to appeal new interests around London. It is a depiction of a noble, along with his wife, who brutally slaughters a King and his kinsman so that he may be the King…show more content…
He realizes that if he want to start his own dynasty, then he will have to have control of all the variables. Then Macbeth began to think, “For Banquo’s issues have I filed my mind;/ For them the gracious Duncan I have murdered” (Shakespeare 85). He realizes that he has set himself up to fail. He is cleared a path to the crown for Banquo’s kin. Macbeth goes on to state, “He chid the sisters/ When first they put the name of king upon me” (Shakespeare 85). This give the readers the thought that Banquo is jealous of the king. Macbeth, not wanting to risk his crown, calls for some outside murderers. As I stated earlier, Macbeth knew he must get rid of Banquo and his sons. He succeeds in having Banquo killed, but Banquo’s son, Fleance (the one person Macbeth needed to kill), escapes. Going in a change of direction, here are some points of self-fulfilling prophecy with Lady Macbeth. After killing Duncan Lord Macbeth was guilt ridden, he was stricken with regret. Lady Macbeth told him just to forget it ever happened, “Using those thoughts which should have died/ With them they think on? Things without all remedy/ Should be without regard. What’s done is done” (Shakespeare 93). She also said to him, “You face, my thane, is as a book where men/ May read strange matters, To beguile the time/ Look like the time. Bear welcome in your eye,/ Your hand, your tongue. Look like th’ innocent/ flower,” (Shakespeare
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