What Do You Know About Macbeth?

By 10/02/2018Theatre
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Macbeth is one of the most interesting plays.

The part of the three witches all through Macbeth is one of directing, not straightforward inner conflict. The witches do not just foresee the future; they take part in it. They can control the activities of Macbeth and other characters by debasing their forecasts. Thusly, all Macbeth’s malicious and wrongdoings can be due to his nearest partners in the play, the witches. By displaying expectations that fill Macbeth with false certainty, the witches shape the decisions Macbeth makes.

Macbeth’s irrationality to defend himself and kill anyone that stood in his way, moved him a step further towards his final fate, when he meets the Weird Sisters once again and is persuaded by their words. He is told to “beware Macduff! Beware the Thane of Fife!”. Upon knowing that Macduff escaped to England, he is angry for not acting quickly enough and announces that “The castle of Macduff I will surprise, seize Fife, give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword his wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line”. The evil act of killing an innocent family does nothing to make Macbeth safer, rather it gives Macduff even more reason to search him out and kill him.

In spite of the fact that Macbeth’s enticement began with the expressions of the Weird Sisters; the scourge of his destruction was from his internal battle, and also greed and aspiration. Macbeth decided to follow the path of letting the witches, as well as his wife, persuade him into killing King Duncan which led him to the killing of many other innocent people and finally to his own demise. There is a limit to what the witches can do; they may have told Macbeth he was going to become king, but they did not tell him how. As they say in Act 1, “Though his bark cannot be lost, yet it shall be tempest-tossed”. The witches can predict his future; however they do not have complete control over the outcome of his destiny. Macbeth made decisions freely and fixed his actions that brought turmoil and malicious deeds to himself and everyone around him.

Consequently, in Macbeth, it is not clear whether fate or freewill is what leads Macbeth to do the things he does all through the play. No doubt Macbeth is simply following his fate in the first place, however all through the disaster; Macbeth follows up on freewill on the grounds that he is persuaded he can change the fate the three witches prophesized for him at his own particular will. Macbeth following up on his own freewill is the thing that at last driven him to his death.

The bad decisions which necessarily result in to Macbeth’s death include the assassination of King Duncan, his ignorance to the prophecies of the three Weird Sisters, and the continuous murdering of innocent people. Macbeth had the ability to select his fate immediately he made the decision to stay and pay attention to the witches. Instead of distancing himself from the Weird Sisters, Macbeth decides that their words are important and says, “Stay, you imperfect speakers. Tell me more”. One may suggest that Macbeth’s fate may be set in stone, but it was Macbeth’s chosen path that slowly led him to his final fate – his death.