Macbeth: Decisions That Determined Fate



People everyday are faced with decisions. The way one decides to act on these determines the outcome of the days in their life. In Shakespeare's tragedy MacBeth, the characters are develops so their decisions determine their fate. In the play, MacBeth's downfall is influenced by the three witches' prophecies, his wife Lady MacBeth, and the apparitions shown to him.
In the beginning of the play, MacBeth is approached by three witches. The witches accost him with the titles "Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and that shalt be king hereafter" (Shakespeare Act I line 52). The prophecies confuse MacBeth art first because although the is Thane of Glamis at that time, the Thane of Cawdor is ...

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"The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I fall down, or else o'er leap..." (Act I scene 4 line 55). This delineates MacBeth's character and begins to show his ill feelings as to how he will act on these prophecies. King Duncan is invited to MacBeth's castle at Inverness where MacBeth will decide what actions to take to become King of Scotland.
Before MacBeth returns to Inverness, he writes a letter to Lady MacBeth telling her of the strange prophecies. Ill thoughts are immediately stirred up in her mind, and her greed and ambition show that MacBeth will be king. "Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be what thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature. It is too full o' the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way" (Act I scene 5 line 15). Lady MacBeth is saying that MacBeth is too kind of a person to carry out the actions necessary to become king. When the messenger comes to say the king is coming, she begins to plan the murder of Duncan. However, ...

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