Macbeth: Destiny Of Each Character Is Pre-determined

In the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, each characters
destiny seems to be predetermined. This raises the ultimate question: who,
or what, controls fate?
Existentialism is the belief that each person defines their future by
their decided actions: that the future has not yet been written.
Fatalism is the belief that the outcome of all events is preordained, and
therefore, unalterable. Throughout Macbeth, the character Macbeth makes
many decisions which clearly affect his future, but are they truly
decisions? Or, are his decisions examples of fatalism, where another force
is guiding his actions to their predetermined conclusion?

Many of the characters, events, and ...

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Macbeth aware of the possibility? There was no
reason to warn Macbeth of the fate in store for him, since it is most
likely impossible for a person to alter their destiny. It is quite
possible that the witches have no real power at all, beyond that of
suggestion. They may have only planted the idea within Macbeth, feeding
off his already present ambition. Perhaps the only true controlling power
comes from Lady Macbeth's uncontrollable greed.

Once Lady Macbeth had learned of the witches' prophecy, she immediately
concluded that Macbeth would not, with his present persona, be able to
attain that which fate had bestowed upon him.

"...Hie thee hither,
That I may pour my spirits in thine ear
And chastise with valor of my tongue
All that impedes thee from the golden round
Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem
To have thee crowned withal."

Lady Macbeth believed that it was her duty to induce Macbeth to carry
out the necessary deed ...

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