Macbeth Idea Trace ESSAY

Macbeth Idea Trace ESSAY - Adee OKelley Bransford AP...

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Adee O’Kelley Bransford AP Literature and Composition 20 December 2016 Macbeth Idea Trace Essay Throughout history, contemporary ideas can be traced to the influences of daily lives as well as art and literature. Such were the ideas of William Shakespeare, who was one of the writers in Victorian England that voiced the beliefs of the age. Thoughts on fate, free will, and change in human heart can be seen throughout his works. Fate is inevitable in life and causes changes in human character for better or for worse. Even when one knows one’s fate, it still cannot be changed. Shakespeare displays the cycle of human justice by showing parallels formed by the fate, free will, and transformation of characters. Man cannot escape his fate for, no matter what he does, his future is formed by his actions even when those actions are taken to prevent the inevitable future. Fate is a major role in Macbeth’s life; it is what ignites the unfortunate events that led to his demise because it was meant to happen all along. The witches and his wife represent his fate because they guide him to these acts that will do more harm than good. After Lady Macbeth hears of her husband’s promotion she believes “Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem/ To have thee crowned withal.” (1. 5. 32-33). Fate is the one who crowns Macbeth with his good fortune and title; it was not Macbeth’s will that got him the title but it was predestined to happen to him. The witches are like oracles and can see the future they even tell Macbeth and Banquo what will become of them after Macbeth accepts his new title. They make it seem like this was always meant to be in their futures with no possible way of changing it. The statement prior to
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this one of “If chance will have me king, why, chance may/ crown me/ Without my stir.” (1. 3. 157-159) further describes Macbeth’s predestination. Macbeth has not heard the news of his promotion yet and believes this supposedly good fortune was caused by chance though it was his fate as the best warrior to kill the Thane of Cawdor and take his place. The measures that Macbeth and his wife took were simple to do because it is easier to give into temptation and evil than it is to do good. In turn, it is easier to get sent to Hell because of the acts that cause one to be condemned and “go/ the primrose way to th’ everlasting bonfire.” (2. 3. 18-19). Macbeth was initially a good, moral, and just man but it did not take much for his wife’s persuasions to convince him to kill Duncan causing Macbeth, and his wife, to be sent on a path to Hell. In the Porter’s monologue, after the murder, Macbeth is related to the people that he says are in Hell now such as the farmer, tailor, and the equivocator whom Macbeth now becomes.
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