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Does Macbeth illustrate that fate controls our lives or we control fate?

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Introduction

Does Macbeth illustrate that fate controls our lives or we control fate? The story of Macbeth is one that contains a two sided illustration in it. On one hand, it is Macbeth who determines his own fate and on the other hand ironically, fate determines his doom. Tragedy to the ancient Greeks included fate or the gods presenting man with an unavoidable destiny. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, Shakespeare's witches give voice to Macbeth's destiny. The blending of right and wrong, good and evil, and a general equivocal position begins with the ominous appearance of the witches in Act I, Scene 1 of the play. For Shakespeare they serve the role of the Greek gods in ancient tragedy. ...read more.

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(1.3.115-116) Examples like these pervade the play thoroughly enhancing the double meaning to be found almost everywhere. Macbeth's first appearance in the play finds him repeating the witch's words from the opening scene: "So foul and fair a day I have not seen." (1.3.38). After the witches first encounter with him and Banquo, Macbeth says in an aside, "If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me Without my stir." (1.3.143-144) At this moment Macbeth demonstrates a belief in the controlling force of fate. He indicates that if this is truly meant to be it will happen without help from him. However, he almost immediately turns around and begins to take matters into his own hands as he communicates with his wife and begins to plot the murder of Duncan. ...read more.

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The story goes into great detail about how the revenge was taken, but nonetheless emphasizes what a man's destiny is and how, even when he thinks he may have achieved it, fate holds something completely different in store for him. Whether man has control over his fate or not is an on-going argument that man is yet to understand but one thing is for certain, that when he thinks he has achieved his destiny by cheating fate, he may get knocked down with a blow when fate takes it's toll, as it did with Macbeth. "When fate has allowed to any man more than one great gift, accident or necessity seems usually to contrive that one shall encumber and impede the other."(Swinburne) The story implies that life is just a game, of which the results have already been determined. English: GCSE Coursework Macbeth Asadullah Unar ...read more.

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