The Tragedy Of William Shakespeare 's Macbeth

974 WordsDec 23, 20154 Pages
Brodi Ashton said, “heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.” Fate is an irrevocable concept that does not rest in the hands of mankind. Macbeth believes that fate is the only thing responsible for his downfall, but he forgets that the witches were never controlling him. Throughout the duration of the play, Macbeth essentially drowns in his sins, so plentiful that he himself loses count. No matter what he did, he did not want to take responsibility. He blames it on the prophecy, when it is, and always has been, his own hand committing the crime. The witches never explicitly tell Macbeth to kill the King, but he considers it almost immediately, and ends up following through with the idea. Macbeth is captivated and intrigued by the idea of becoming king. Something he can’t control is his ambition, something that drives him throughout the play, and it comes from within himself. Refer to the quote, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical” (I.iii.52). The witches have not even mentioned a word of blood or killing, but it grips his mind, and he is unable to shake it out. The reader is aware from the beginning that this first thought planted the seed for the upcoming tragedy. Whether Macbeth would carry out this task himself, it is hard for one to know, but that is why Lady Macbeth is a key component of the play. Where the witches do not push forcefully, Lady Macbeth is the one to set the prophecy into motion. In the end, however, she
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