Fate In Macbeth Essay

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Fate is an inevitable – seldom disastrous – outcome; regardless of one’s desire to veer it in a different path, fate is adamant. In Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, there is a steadfast question of whether Macbeth is a victim of fate or that he chooses his own path. By instilling his character, Macbeth, with ambition and ruthlessness, Shakespeare demonstrate that a person – in this case Macbeth – is doomed not by fate, but by flaws in his/her character.
In Macbeth, Macbeth’s tragedy is sealed by his ruthlessness that is a result of envy and anger. Succeeding the kingship, Macbeth does not find contentment in it. He yearns to have a future like Banquo who will be “father to a line of ...view middle of the document...

i. 171-147).Just like Fleance, Macbeth, again, chose to attack people who were defenseless: Lady Macduff and her son with their servants were the only ones in the castle; Macduff did not leave any soldiers to protect them in time of need. Through the act of killing Fleance, though he failed, and Macduff’s family - who were both defenseless – emphasizes Macbeth’s ruthlessness; he does not give people a fair chance when he attacks. Ultimately Macbeth ruthless decision to attack Macduff’s castle leads to his downfall. When Macduff heard, in England, that his family had been killed, he is encouraged by Malcolm to “Let [Macduff’s] grief/ Convert to anger” (IV. Iii. 268-269). As a result of this, Macduff actively seeks out Macbeth, when Dunsinane is attacked, thus killing Macbeth as he – Macduff – was not born of woman. If Macbeth had not killed Macduff’s family, he might have been able to survive the battle. Macduff might not have actively seek Macbeth, since he doesn’t have the need for revenge, and no one else might have been able to kill Macbeth, as they were all probably born of woman.

The beginning of Macbeth marked the initiation of the downfall of Macbeth – as a result of his vaulting ambitions. With the use of soliloquies (personal musings), and the act of manipulability, Shakespeare is able to illustrate how Macbeth’s ambition led to his tragedy. Apprehending that the prophecy of becoming the Thane of Cawdor had materialized, Macbeth’s mentality evolves to a darker state – this is reflected in his soliloquies: “ Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair/…My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,/Shakes so my single state of man/” (I. iii. 148, 152-153). As he learns the first half of the prophecy - becoming Thane of Cawdor – has been proven truthful, Macbeth is steadfast on acquiring the second half of the prophecy, becoming king; to be certain of this, Macbeth believes that the only way is to kill King Duncan. Though he notices that his thoughts were malicious – “Shakes so my single state of man” (I. iii. 153) – Macbeth, nevertheless, performs the vicious act of killing King Duncan. If he had not been captivated by his ambition, Macbeth would have thought of better alternatives – proving himself to be a better choice in being the next king than Malcom, or coming up with ways to overthrow King Duncan - to killing Duncan. Macbeth’s quickness in thinking about committing murder might also indicate that this had already been in his unconsciousness. If a man realizes that his prophecy of being a king might come to past, his first thought would be when, not how to murder the current king. For the murder of King Duncan being Macbeth’s first thought, he must have fantasized about the act previously. This soliloquies...

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