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Despite Prophecies Of The Future, People Are Responsible For Their Own Actions

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In William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Macbeth”, we find a guild ridden usurper of the throne of Scotland. Macbeth himself is at first torn about violence, however soon into the story we find him bloodthirsty, and willing to kill anyone that stands in his way. Macbeth is a once heroic soldier turned corrupt by both his wife and himself. His descent into madness is led by three witches that tell him of greatness he will achieve in the future. However while the prophecies may tell of good things to come, it is Macbeth himself who must control his own future, be it good or evil.

In the beginning of the story we find the witches talking of Macbeth as if he is a master of the art of war, slaying men in the battlefield, and turning the tide of war. It gives the impression that Macbeth is a strong and capable, but most importantly, noble man. When Macbeth first hears of the witches’ prophecy, he is eager to wear the crown, however he is nervous as to how he would obtain it. He fears he may have to resort to violence in order to become king. When his wife hears news of this prophecy, she becomes thirsty for the blood of King Duncan. She tells herself, in Act one Scene five, lines 36-52,
“The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements. Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top full of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood; Stop up the access and passage to remorse, that no compunctious visitings of nature shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between the effect and it! Come to my woman’s breasts, and take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers, wherever in your sightless substances you wait on
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nature’s mischief! Come, thick night, and pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, that my keen knife see not the wound it makes, nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark, to cry ‘Hold, hold!’”
This exemplifies how badly Lady Macbeth wants to have power. She is willing to do anything she can to make sure that Macbeth wears the crown. She is who convinces Macbeth to murder the king. He is hesitant at first, however Lady Macbeth soon convinces him, saying he isn’t a man if he isn’t willing to kill. This is the first major error that...

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