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Dennis 1 Robyn Dennis Ms Suzanne Kuehl English IV Period 2 April 22 2002 A Desired Fate Throughout the whole of William Shakespeares tragedy Macbeth the theme of fate versus human desire plays out as a continual struggle for the titled character Macbeth despite his initial display of strength and integrity allows his tragic flaw of compulsion to overshadow the inherent senses of reason and good judgment that all human beings possess Furthermore Macbeth is lured by the tempting divinations of three mysterious and devious witches whose prophecies though seemingly implausible only serve to assure Macbeth that fate and not free will is the master of his actions In truth Macbeth is never governed by the numinous power professed by the witches but rather falls prey to his own selfish ambition that excuses each heinous crime and escalates the chaos that could have been avoided by the simple enactment of sensibility and free will Act I of Macbeth opens with an eerie supernatural event Three witches chanting in circuitous verse soon reveal that they will in some way become entwined in the story about to unfold concerning Macbeth These three upstarts leave the audience feeling ominous as to Macbeths future as they prophesy that fair is foul and foul fair Shakespeare in an attempt to throw the audience off then introduces the character of brave Macbeth He is a valiant warrior has served his King faithfully and well he deserves that Dennis 2 name1 2 16 Hence for his noble battle accomplishments he is rewarded the prize of the inheritance of the Thane of Cawdor thus fulfilling the first prophesy of the three vagrants Not soon after Macbeths first weakness appears In a meaningful conversation with Banquo Macbeth reveals in a aside that he fully expects the remaining two divinations to transpire when he assures himself that if chance will have me king why chance may crown me Without my stir1 3
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