The Theme Of Themes In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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The play Macbeth is brilliantly written by William Shakespeare. There are a lot of themes in the play that goes on and teaches about the ambition, the guilt, the fate versus free will concept and how things are not what they seem. All of those factor into how Macbeth is a very interesting and very captivating story. Shortly after Macbeth hears the prophecies of him becoming the Thane of Cawdor and the King of Scotland, and after becoming the Thane of Cawdor a few moments later, he writes a letter to Lady Macbeth about what he is thinking, which at the time is how he wants to do away with King Duncan. "… the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements. Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the…show more content…
When Macbeth meets with the three witches to hear prophecies about his future there is one prophecy that isn't what it seems. The third apparition that speaks to Macbeth says; "Macbeth shall never be vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him (IV. i. 92-94)." Macbeth immediately thinks of it literally. Believes that he will only be defeated if the actual woods come up against him. Which we know by the end that people use the sticks and twigs to disguise themselves against Macbeth to make it seem that the woods are moving. When Banquo and Macbeth first leave the battle, they met the three witches. There Banquo says; "You should be women, and yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so (I. iii. 45-47)." Banquo doesn't quite know what the witches are and eventually finds out that they're witches. When Macbeth becomes the Thane of Cawdor and turns out that one prophecy is true he starts to question whether or not if he has to do something to become King, or if fate will grant him King. "If fate wants me to be king, perhaps fate will just make it happen and I won't have to do anything (I. iii. 146-148)." He starts to think that maybe he will become king out of circumstance, but as we know he kills Duncan to become king. Then later when Macbeth is talking to the murders about killing Banquo he says; "To leave no rubs or botches in the work- Fleance, his son, that keeps him
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