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The renowned William Shakespeare had once postulated It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves Conversely via distinct imagery he portrays that only the opposite of true - destiny is not in the hands of the beholder In Macbeth the underlying question of fate vs free will is heavily expounded upon through symbols such as those of night and darkness Two diametric schools of thought exist regarding fate v free will existentialism or the belief that each person defines their future by their decided actions and fatalism the belief that the outcome of all events is preordained Macbeth heavily relies on fate and often takes the unproblematic and ordained way which essentially leads to his downfall With this path came the great paradox reminiscent of the fundamental question of the chicken before the egg was it the knowledge of fate that led to its inherent following A common trait lie in the hands of both Macbeth and Lady their inability to express their true identities and thoughts Macbeth had warily stated Stars hide your fires Let not light see my black and deep desires 1457-58 In this context the stars symbolize the predestined fate They are being instructed to hide their fires so that the rightful fate of the Macbeth family isnt revealed to the rest of the world Macbeth does not want his black desires to be known making him appear less righteous and worthy to his people Ironically at the same time he is planning on following the predictions of the Three Witches in becoming king These desires are black because subconsciously Macbeth is aware of the fact that they will ultimately instigate his downfall be it physically or mentally Lady Macbeth supports this line of thinking as she herself instructs Look like th innocent flower But be the serpent undert 1576-78 The serpent is known for being a cold and ethereal reptile a personification of his
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