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Was Macbeth a Victim of the Witches or did he have control over his own Destiny?

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COURSEWORK Was Macbeth a Victim of the Witches or did he have control over his own Destiny? Macbeth was a victim of the witches because without the encounter with the three witches on the moor then the thought of killing Duncan would not have even crossed his mind. Macbeth was immensely influenced by the three predictions that the three weird sisters gave. FIRST WITCH "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!" SECOND WITCH "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!" THIRD WITCH "All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be King hereafter." These three predictions have a dramatic impact on his actions from then on. Macbeth had some control over his destiny because he had a choice between the good and bad path and he choice the path of evil. The Christian's belief is that we can choose good or evil and that we should follow our own ideas. "If chance will have me King, why chance. Without my stir." Mabeth tries to decide what was good and what is wrong but he took the wrong path. Christians also believe that in order for good to exist that evil has to exist as well. The Christians believe in the devil and angels. The devil is bad and the angels are good. ...read more.


I think that Lady Macbeth was part of the witches' plan because after the killing her conscience was filled with guilt. If she was truly an evil person then I do not think that she would have suffered with guilt. I think that the witches put a spell on her to act like that. Without Lady Macbeth, I do not think that the Witches' plan would have succeeded. Macbeth was in doubts before he spoke to Lady Macbeth but she persuaded him and encouraged him to go ahead with killing Duncan. "Only look up clear To alter favor ever is to fear Leave all the rest to me." She tells Macbeth to look like he has a clear conscience and have an honest face because fear always shows in a change of expression and she will plan the killing. As the play progresses, we learn that she does not have the courage that we think. When Macbeth had just killed Duncan, Lady Macbeth manipulates him and takes part in his destiny because she takes the leading role and orders him about. ".... Go, get some water, And wash this filthy witness from your hand" Macbeth heard someone in the chamber shouted, "God bless us," he could not say amen. To the 16th century audience this would have been seen as evil. ...read more.


It was also the tragedy of Banquo, where he was violently murdered because Macbeth he was afraid that he might have found out. There was also the tragedy of Lady Macbeth who ended up killing herself at the end of the play of guilt. "Of this dead butcher and his friend-like Queen." Various indicators showed that Lady Macbeth was in the league with the devil. She sleepwalked after Duncan's murder and she had a spot that she could not get off her hand. The audience would have thought that this is where the devil sucked her blood Lady Macbeth was one of the huge influences of Macbeth because Macbeth did not want to kill Duncun but because she questions his manhood and calls him a coward, he does it to prove her wrong. She would not do it as she said that he reminded her of her father but she forces him to do it. Macbeth lost control after he killed Duncan; he got obsessed with people, who might know or find out, so he killed them. He was at a point of no return. Lady Macbeth influenced him because she forced him to kill Duncan (She wanted to become King more than Macbeth wanted to become King). The three witches who gave him the thoughts to do what he did also influenced him. I think he had control, but gave it up when he lost a conscience. ...read more.

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