Topics: Macbeth, Three Witches, Macduff's son Pages: 2 (757 words) Published: November 2, 2013
Macbeth is a man in control of his own fate
Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ tells the story of Macbeth, a once ‘worthy gentleman’ as he slays his way to become king of Scotland, killing whoever stands in his way. Fate plays a significant role in how Macbeth acts; guiding him to act and do things that he doesn’t necessarily intend on doing so at first, but as the play unfolds he becomes determined to do whatever it takes to maintain his reign as king. Macbeth controls his own fate as he murders Duncan, the king of Scotland, to become king, despite his own persistence not to kill him. Macbeth takes action into his own hands as he orders the murder of Banquo, his former good friend, as he sees him as a threat to his crown. Upon hearing of apparitions from the witches, Macbeth takes matters into his own hands and murders the wife and whole castle of macduff, thane of fife, as he poses as a threat to Macbeth. Some would argue that it is the influence of other characters in the play that makes Macbeth act the way he does and that he had no control of his own fate. At the beginning, Macbeth is greeted by the witches, who label him as ‘thane of glamis…thane of Cawdor…king hereafter.’ Upon hearing of these prophecies, Macbeth becomes intrigued and begins thinking about the possibilities that could eventuate. Macbeth decides to take action into his own hands, with the help of Lady Macbeth, his ‘dearest partner in greatness’ to fulfil the witch’s prophecies. ‘I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent but only vaulting ambition’ this illustrates that Macbeth has no reason to kill Duncan except for his own greed and ambition. It implies the fact that Macbeth is in control of his own decisions and actions. After Macbeth is crowned king, he begins his ruthless approach to maintain the crown. He feels resentment towards banquo and his son, fleance, because of the witches foretelling that banquo’s sons will inherit throne. ‘For banquo’s issue have I filed my mind’. Macbeth sees...
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