If so, when does the change occur? If the concept of fate was true, from the moment of birth your life would have already been planned out and you are helpless to change it. To wrap up this essay, I would like to answer the 2 questions that had been hanging around in my head: Was Macbeth really a victim of fate? Human beings have free will and know what is right and wrong. From the beginning, Macbeth kept his own free will, even though he was influenced by others. Are the events in Macbeth a result of his mentality and outlook on life, or were they going to happen no matter what? Tragedies contain a tragic hero, who experiences a downfall, and a tragic flaw in the hero, which causes the downfall to occur. Act 1 scene 3, lines 48-50 He has no other choice, but to believe them because there first two predictions were true.
Lady Macbeth herself also plays a role in the fate of Macbeth. He decided he must take action in order for his future to become true. The witches did foretell his future but they never directly controlled his actions. Later in the play, Malcolm, Macduff and the other revolutionaries try to alter fate. Such is similar for Macbeth, as he too is a victim of fate — left vulnerable by the exploits of the supernatural, his wife, and most tragically, his own fatal flaw.
Here, Macbeth explains himself and Banquo without knowing it. This essay hopes to clarify the notion of fate in the play. Shortly after this first encounter with the three weird sisters, Macbeth is encountered by two men named Ross and Angus that bring news to Macbeth saying he is titled the Thane of Cawdor, because the previous Thane had been. Although Macbeth performs the deed, it is Lady Macbeth that is orchestrating the attributes. He starts to feel nervous and has second thoughts about their plan.
Macbeth was a victim of forces beyond his control; they are the witches and Lady Macbeth. If Macbeth was a wise and noble as we had heard he was then maybe he would have taken the time to actually consider that what they were saying was meaningless. Nothing ever happens by coincidence and the power to chose is an illusion. The major events of the poem, such as the three killings by Beowulf and his own death, are said to have been predestined. Argue the credibility, believability and authenticity of the witches if you think fate is to blame for Macbeth's tragic ending. Even if the witches empowered Macbeth, their predictions were merely self-fulfilling prophesies.
Fate would be defined as the possible outcome of events. Macbeth is in no way under a spell or curse; he chose to create a path of evil for himself. Every time he killed someone, he did it because he thought that he had to kill those that stood in the way of his fate. The witches knew that Macbeth was an ambitious man, that all he really needed was to be given a little push! After hearing that he could potentially become the Thane of Cawdor, and more importantly the King. People are unsure of whether we have freewill, or all of our actions are part of a predetermined plan.
With the first of the predictions having come true and the idea of being king implanted in his head Macbeth is overcome with greed for this position. Some might argue that some of the events that the witches describe result from free will entirely, that fate had nothing to do with the events that occur. How much authority does the protagonist Macbeth truly have over his life. She bullies him into it, calling him a coward, and telling him that he is less of a man. She does not care if her husband would be in danger when trying to kill Duncan, but what she would be able to do if she were queen. It was clear that being King was something that Macbeth desired, and would do anything to achieve it. Is Macbeth a helpless victim of fate? How might he think differently about fate if the witches did not play a role in his life? He may have eventually become King if he never did anything, but there is no way of knowing what would have happened.
On one hand, it is Macbeth who determines his own fate and on the other hand ironically, fate determines his doom. It is all beyond your control, you did not pick your life, someone else gave you that life. Did it deprive either of the Macbeths of their ability to choose. With the prophecy of becoming the next king, he tries anything to achieve this position which gives his ambition a push. Webster's Dictionary defines fate as a power that supposedly predetermines events.
Macbeth may not have made any of his same choices, if the three Weird sisters hadn't come to him. The witches, or, in this case, apparitions, predict some events that are unquestionably a result of fate, however. However, at the beginning of the play, Macbeth is portrayed as a good man. Oedipus was aware that he was responsible for his actions and he made the choice of stabbing his own eyes out. Fate is often conceptualized as an invisible force with godlike qualities.
In the Roman Polanski version of Macbeth the witches play with the idea of downfall for Macbeth when they make his prophecies. He openly challenges fate, and tries to kill him, but instead kills his entire family. Does a true man take what he wants no matter what it is, as Lady Macbeth believes? Just as quickly as her husband, Lady Macbeth contemplates murdering King Duncan. Macbeth being a victim of fate, issues of masculinity overpowering his. Before witches told him he would be king he had two kingdoms and was satisfied. Although Macbeth is told he will become king, he is not told how to achieve the position of king: that much is up to him.