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Destiny is not a matter of chance it is a matter of choice it is not a thing to be waited for it is a thing to be achieved William Jennings Bryan Are we in control of our own destiny our own fate or are our lives really already planned and mapped out for us Does Macbeth willfully choose evil in order to achieve his destiny Or is his destiny doomed by the witches prophecies Macbeth may not have made any of his same choices if the three Weird sisters hadnt come to him In Shakespeares play Macbeth Macbeth is no pawn of fate Although Macbeth was destined to become king the path he chose to take to achieve his aspiration of obtaining the throne was of his own free will Macbeth knew exactly what he was doing in order to attain his destiny of becoming king Although Macbeth was skeptical about the witches predictions he later learned as the play progressed that destiny truly determined his future The prophecy of the witches was that Macbeth would become king Nowhere did the witches predict the following events in Macbeths life before he reached the throne The prophecy of Macbeth becoming Thane of Cawdor had already come true enhancing Macbeths aspirations of becoming king The second prophecy would certainly come true for him but he has to choose how to get there Macbeth was destined for the throne however obtaining that destiny was completely up to him Killing Duncan seemed to be the only way for him even though he knew it was wrong Macbeth was well-aware his actions were immoral and unjust and he continued with the murders anyway He contemplates the reasons for why it would be wrong to kill Duncan showing he could have just as easily chosen not to kill the King of
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