The Victim of Fate
Throughout the ages it is believed fate, by some uncontrollable force, has the power to forge one's destiny. The outcome of a person's choices is controlled by the way in which they are fated to occur. However, some believe these choices can defy fate and that fate only manipulates one's mind into choosing their own path. The question still remains as to whether individuals are victims of fate or of their own choices, or if each aspect plays a significant part in determining their destiny. In the play Macbeth, writer William Shakespeare plays with this idea of fate, placing Macbeth's destiny before him, yet allowing his own ambitions and idealistic views to drive himself crazy in order to achieve it. Macbeth is ultimately used by Shakespeare to fight the battle of his own manifestation and lay claim to what is foretold as his, but fate it seems, is not always as clear as Macbeth first thought. The level of freedom Macbeth has in deciding his fate is accentuated by the prophecy that portends its existence. The ambiguous nature of the prophecy: According to Macbeth, "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of /Glamis!" (327) "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of /Cawdor!" (327) "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King /hereafter!" (327) Macbeth's past, present and future as foretold by the Three Witches. Macbeth was destined to become Cawdor, and then by some means king. However, the process Macbeth undertakes to become king may not be the most accurate process to take. Indeed, the witches neither force nor even suggest to Macbeth that he should murder Duncan and even he considers that. Macbeth’s attraction to the knowledge of his future caused him to be dependent on news that never even happened. The witches tease Macbeth by offering him compelling prophecies they know he will relish. They then trick him by gaining his dependence on their prophecies all the while planning to spend unto a dismal and fatal end the life of Macbeth. Macbeth was...
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