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In Shakespeare's play, Macbeth explores the issue of fate vs. freewill when the protagonist Macbeth is told he would be the king if he killed Duncan and he chose to kill the king instead of waiting fate to allow it. Macbeth murdered Duncan in his sleep, he hired some hit-men to murder Banquo, and he killed Macduff's family since he can't get his hands on Macduff who has run away to England. Macbeth is responsible for his own actions highlighting that it is free will rather than fate that drove him to murdered deeds resulting in his own fate. Is it fate that caused Macbeth to rise as king and fall? Or is the reason Macbeth fell was from his own freewill? I think the main reason behind this is the idea of fate that causes Macbeth to use his own freewill that made him buckle under the pressure.

Fate isn't about making good things happen to you, or bad things happen to you. It's all about you making choices exercising the gift of free will. God wants you to have good things and a good life, but he won't gift wrap them for you. You have to choose the actions that lead you to that life. Macbeth murdered Duncan in his sleep, for his own good. When Macbeth cross paths with the three witches as they come up to him, proclaiming in Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 49-50, "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis." Before meeting with these witches, Macbeth was clueless to what would happen in the future, but because of the witches his mind is going back and forth trying to figure out how he can be the king. The idea of fat has been planted in his mind, and with such a good title to come with it why wouldn't he believe it. "Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? Come let me clutch thee."(Act 2, Scene 1, Line 30). Macbeth stared into the darkness and as he looked it seemed that a dagger hung there. He closed his eyes and opened them again. It was nor or never, his mind was filled with images of fear and horror but he chose to take that dagger and walk toward Duncan thinking "I go and it's done." Macbeth is also worried when killing Duncan because he has loyalty for his king. "If it were done when 'tis done', then 'twere well. It were done quickly if th'assasination could trammel up the consequence, and catch with his surcease success: that but his blow... (Continues).( Act 1, Scene 7, Line 24-25) Macbeth debates whether he should kill Duncan when he lists Duncan's noble qualities and the loyalty he feels towards his king. He remembered his wife's words which convinced him do it and also 'ambition' takes place in committing murder too.

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