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Macbeth: Not a Play of Fate

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 12:23 AM
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William Shakespeare's Macbeth is not necessarily a play of fate, but rather a tragedy that occurred as a result of uncontrollable greed and malevolence by Macbeth and his wife.   The weird sisters only make suggestions about Macbeth's road to kingship; they do not cast spells to make true all their predictions. These interpretations lead Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to kill Duncan and secure the title Thane of Clawdor.   While in kingship Macbeth elects to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance, for Macbeth was fearful about losing his throne to Fleance.   Senseless violence and inner rage cause the King of Scotland to murder Macduff's children and wife.  

The predictions of the witches are only temptations. The weird sisters never tell Macbeth what to do with these suggestions.   He is initially curious and disbelieving about these deceptive hags, but he takes their forecasts literally.   The witches only make predictions about the future kingship of Macbeth: "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor."   Macbeth, along with Lady Macbeth, was responsible for making the judgments that leads to the downfall and destruction of himself.   The prophecies predicted by the weird sisters do occur, but one can conclude that latter events, such as the death of Macbeth, were not caused by their direct powers, but they were simply the witches' foreknowledge: "He (the apparitionist) will not be commanded. Here's another / More potent than the first."

The vaulting ambitions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth lead to the death of King Duncan.   For the sake of Macbeth's ambition, he is willing to murder his cousin, Duncan.   Macbeth realizes that murdering his king is perfidious and blasphemous because every king is set on throne by God; he is driven by his undying aspiration to steal the throne and be king: "I have no spur / To prick the sides of my intent, but only / Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself / And falls on th' other."   Lady Macbeth is also moved by her avarice...


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