April 29, 2013
A Desired Fate
Everyone wonders how much or if at all they can control their fate. In the play “Macbeth” written by William Shakespeare, the main character gives an example of how to take charge of his own fate with his own actions. Macbeth willingly makes choices based upon his complete belief in the witches’ prophecies which result to his fatal death. The false confidence and the committing of immoral acts makes him feel as though he is invincible which brings about his downfall.
The witches bring about false confidence in Macbeth both times he is in their presence. His first encounters with the weird sisters are from a distance with the shouting of praise and his “fortunate” future:
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All Hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter! (1.3.51-53)
Macbeth is quickly intrigued by their words and as a result, fallen into the trap of believing everything the witches say considering his first prophecy turned out to be true. Shortly after that he was announced to be “Thane of Cawdor”. Then, with his own actions but with the temptation of the witches’ prophecy he is proclaimed King. The second time he meets with the witches he had searched for them to be given more information about his future. The second apparition that is presented to him was truthful but with sort of a twist to bring about his confidence even more. The