The Human Mind And Act Of William Shakespeare 's Macbeth

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Alycia Tiberio Choice is often taken for granted in today 's society. People are given the opportunity to make a choice, but is this choice an act of free will, or simply an act of fate and manipulation? In the play Macbeth, Shakespeare suggests that choices are a creation of the human mind and act as a way for people to feel as though they have control when they are ultimately ruled by fate. He accomplishes this by leading the audience through a series of choices that several characters make and how they eventually meet their fate, specifically Macbeth himself. Although other characters make choices that aid Macbeth in his destiny, Macbeth 's Shakespeare shows the audience that no amount of force will cause change fate. As the play progresses, the audience watches Macbeth as he desperately tries to stay in control of his life and keep his power. His desperation causes Macbeth to believe that the only way for him to stay in control is to take fate into his own hands. When Macbeth becomes king he is somewhat pleased that the weird sister’s prophecy was correct, but he also begins to worry that Banquo’s prophecy will also come true. “To make then kings, the seed of Banquo kings! Rather than so, come fate into the list, and champion me to th’ utterance, (3.1.69-71).” This quote shows that Macbeth refuses to allow this fated ending to occur. He challenges fate and decides that the only way he can be guaranteed that all of his efforts will not be for the sons of Banquo is to
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