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Do The Characters In Macbeth Have Free Will? What Role Do Destiny Or Fate Have In The Play?

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Do the characters in Macbeth have free will? What role do destiny or fate have in the play?Everyone has control over something. All people have freewill and can do what they want. Freewill is the ability or power of making free choices. Destiny means that something has already been decided and nothing is in one's absolute control, which played a very important role in the play. When Shakespeare wrote this play, people were very religious and he wrote this play to win the approval of King James by introducing the figures of the 'three weird sisters' as the king was fascinated by the witchcraft. In the play, witches predict Macbeth's future and it was his own choice to believe in what they have said. At the start of play, Lady Macbeth has lot of confidence and persuades Macbeth to kill Duncan, but eventually she ends up committing suicide with guilt which automatically shows how her belief in witches or destiny fluctuates. Banquo has a freewill to believe in witches, but always ignore or refuse to believe in them clearly showing he does not believe in destiny. Ultimately, most of the characters in Macbeth has freewill but some of them believe in destiny at some situations in life and sometimes they do not believe in destiny.In the play, the "three weird sisters" predicts Macbeth's future and Macbeth's believe in witches is quite strong and sometimes it is very weak or he does not have faith in them. It is all up to Macbeth whether he wants to believe in the destiny believing what they have said. When this play was written, people were very religious and thought of witches as the agents of Satan. Witches were associated with dark and death. After the war, when three witches appear and predicts Macbeth's future, he is mostly into the witches and trying to believe them. Macbeth said, "Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more" which is clearly showing that how he is considering the witches very important and wants to know more about his future. At this time, he has a choice whether to believe in them or not but he chooses to believe them. His belief in witches gets more stronger when Ross and Angus informs him that he has been given a title of thane of Cawdor. Ross says, "He bade me, from him, call thee thane of Cawdor" and after hearing this Macbeth is now totally believing in his destiny beacause he is chosen thane of Cawdor even though the current thane of Cawdor exists. Now, his belief in witches or destiny is very strong. After killing Duncan, Macbeth does not believe in his destiny for a short period of time when he feels like he is surrounded by Duncan's blood because he can't get his death out of his mind so he feels surrounded by his blood. "How is't with me, when every noise appals me?" means that every sound frightens him and he is saying that " Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand?". He is very scared and is not sure whether the blood on his hands will ever wash off or not and this situation of Macbeth is...

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