• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

However Macbeth tries to escape the Witch's wicked, but truthful words, he may also have brought his fate upon himself

Extracts from this document...


Macbeth Essay Many issues contrive from whether or not one's fate is in the hands of some higher power, or maybe that one is the creator of his own destiny. William Shakespeare creates a world in which prophecies and predictions lay out one man's life in front of him. Although this man knows these things he however tries to fight his demise by attempting to alter the future. This man is called Macbeth and he learns that he is caught in an inescapable whirlpool drawing him to his death, and it seems he is powerless to stop it. The Witch's are super natural beings who predict the future. They meet with Macbeth and Banquo in Act 1 scene 3 of the play. It is here that Macbeth's life changes, the Witch's greet Macbeth in an odd way. "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! "All hail, Macbeth! ...read more.


However after the Witch's predictions he changes and becomes cruel and vile. Although the Witch's predictions play a great part in Macbeth's downfall, he took most of the predictions to the extreme. We know Macbeth was told that he was to be, the king hereafter, how did he not know if he was to wait till the present king died. That may well have been the intent of the prediction, but Macbeth instead murders the king and begins to sink even lower in his evil ways. After this he twist many of the predictions out of proportion, He fears and hates Banquo because he is fated to have his children become kings. Macbeth sees this as a threat and has him and his soon murdered (however Banquo's son Fleance escapes). After this he has Macduff's family killed because of a prediction, this act may not have been what the Witch's had in mind, but only that Macbeth should be wary of Macduff, not have his kids and wife murdered. ...read more.


This is rather ironic because if Macbeth had been successful in killing Macduff he may have lived, however it seems this was not what actually occurred. As you have seen many events lead to Macbeth's death. It seems to me that Macbeth was from the beginning fated to carry out his fate. Some people may see this differently, but Macbeth the fact is also there that he may have brought about this fate by his own actions. How does one know if Macbeth was meant to kill the king, or wait till after his death. The predictions of the Witch's were just those, predictions. Macbeth took them to the extreme level and ended up paying for it, however we don't know which way the Witch's had intended their predictions to be token. Shakespeare is rather vague on this subject. It seems that many key points were to play in Macbeth's demise however he tried to avert them he was either fated to carry it out or may have just had really bad luck. The Witch's predictions and his own actions and reactions to them caused his death. Macbeth Essay Can. No.: 3134 David Osborne ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Macbeth essays

  1. Macbeth Essay

    he is constantly thinking about it, but 'shakes' shows how it makes him so anxious that he will dismiss it as a fantasy. We have seen Macbeth to be regarded as a fierce and noble person who serves loyally for his country, but now we are uncertain about him.

  2. Macbeth was led down to an inescapable road of doom by an outside force, ...

    The witches predicted, at the beginning of the play, that Macbeth would soon become the Thane of Cawdor and eventually the outright King. They tell Macbeth this, simply to ignite what would finally end up being a burning desire for success.

  1. Explore the ways that witchcraft is presented in ''Macbeth'' and compare the way we ...

    Whenever the witches enter there is always a pathetic fallacy of thunder and lightening indicating that something is wrong, and disorder rules. Every time the witches enter we are faced with this pathetic fallacy Act I scene 3 'Thunder. Enter the three witches', Act 3 Scene 5 'a desolate place', and 'thunder' as the three witches enter.

  2. Through this essay I am hoping that I will be able to comment upon ...

    that there would be less food for the people who grew the crops and also less money for those who decided to sell their crops. * Use animals such as cats as disguises for the evil spirits, who serve them, these were called 'witches familiars', a witch was normally associated

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work