Fate and Choice
Created By: Ashley Hurd,Noelle Wood, Alex Hadley,Michelle Lopez

"Yet do I fear thy nature. It is too fullo' the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way.
Thou wouldst be great; art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it. What
thou wouldst highly." -Lady Macbeth

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"All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter." -Witches
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"I bear a charmed life." -Macbeth
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(Fate Line when reading palms)

"If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me." -Macbeth
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"Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard to be the same in thine own act and valor as thou art
in desire? Wouldst thou have that which thou esteem'st the ornament of life and live a coward
in thine own esteem"


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ANALYSIS


Macbeth is a tragic and unpredictable tale of a manipulated man. Some would argue that sense Macbeth commited all the murders he is the cause of all the turmoil but what they are not considering is the role that fate plays on the situation. Macbeth is not really the villain in this story because of the fate the witches predicted. By the wiches saying that they predicted Macbeth to be king fate was instilled to persuade Macbeth's actions. So really the story was not a question of fate or choice but more of how fate effects choice. The witches predictions made the fate apparent to Macbeth and then he chooses to act on them. Without Macbeth knowing his fate he may not have made these choices. This is why I don't think Macbeth is soley at fault he is only acting on what he was told. The other aspect that effected Macbeth's decisions was Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth convinced Macbeth that committing the murder was his destiny, or "fate". Without Lady Macbeth pressuring him to go through with it Macbeth may not have ever listened to the witches. Macbeth's fate was ultimately laid out by the witches but it was the pressure of Lady Macbeth that made him make the choices that he did.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

~Were the witches predictions fate or just to toy with Macbeth's head??

~Did Lady Macbeth have any effect on Macbeth's fate??

~Can fate be controled??