The Power of Fate in Macbeth Essay

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Fate is one person's destiny, it cannot be understood by mere mortals but a greater power beyond human comprehension. Fate is so powerful that it controls a person's outcome on life before it happens. Many people become victims of fate in which they catch a glimpse of what their future is going to look like, but do not totally grasp the outcome. Macbeth cannot fully comprehend the possible outcome of his fate because he is mortal, and therefore is a victim to his power driven quest and his ultimate fate. Many have been said to agree with this statement. For example, as stated in Shakespeare A to Z, "The Witches are an enactment of the irrational. The supernatural world if terrifying because it is beyond human control, and in the play it is…show more content…
Not even his loyalty and friendship Macbeth had shared with Duncan. The effect of the witches encounter with Macbeth sparked curiosity in Macbeth?s mind. This caused Macbeth to pursue the Witch?s prophecy due to ?Macbeth?s excessive ambition? and ? universal propensity to temptation and sin? (Shakespeare for Students page 238.) Macbeth soon realizes he needs to receive more information from the Weird Sisters. The second encounter with the witches shows the witches guile. In the apparitions, the witches again do not tell the whole truth. They say to Macbeth in the second apparition, ?The power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth? (4.1.91.) This leaves Macbeth feeling invincible because to his logical thinking, everyone is woman born. The reader has the idea that the witches know what the outcome of this apparition is, but do not bother telling Macbeth small facts such as that he is going to be defeated by Macduff who was the product of a C-section which was thought by Macbeth to show a sense of unworthiness of life and weakness. The third apparition says, ?Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill Shall come against him?. (4.1.105) To Macbeth, this seems silly. Again, logically thinking, a forest is not going to come to Macbeth?s castle. Little does he know that that is just how it is going to play out, but not in that way. The army cuts branches off the trees in Birnam Wood
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