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Fate vs. Macbeth Thesis: The character, Macbeth, is not a victim of fates harsh cruelty but rather a facilitator in his own self- fulfilling downfall.

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1 Fate vs. Macbeth Thesis: The character, Macbeth, is not a victim of fates harsh cruelty but rather a facilitator in his own self- fulfilling downfall. Jake Winn- AP Seminar Thesis: The character, Macbeth, is not a victim of fates harsh cruelty but rather a facilitator in his own self- fulfilling downfall. Jake Winn- AP Seminar

2 Topic- the character of Macbeth suffers from qualities of pride, fear, thirst for power, and belief in the supernatural that leads him to believing and instituting the absurd predictions of the witches- which were otherwise just guesses.

3 What Impacts Macbeth’s Decisions? F1.Lust for wickedness FThe mysticism of the witches FNeed to make the witches predictions a reality F2.Need for power FEnvy of Banquo and his blood line FDirect reason for regicide F3.Desire to be immortal Flady Macbeth and having children F1.Lust for wickedness FThe mysticism of the witches FNeed to make the witches predictions a reality F2.Need for power FEnvy of Banquo and his blood line FDirect reason for regicide F3.Desire to be immortal Flady Macbeth and having children

4 Historical Background of Macbeth FPeople of the Shakespearean age held a strong belief in: FGhosts FMalevolent spirits  Witches- “ a physical manifestation of evil and a threat to society's moral and religious fiber. ” F1400 to 1700= era of witch hunts and witch trials. FQueen Elizabeth I passed the 1562 Elizabethan Witchcraft Act forbidding "conjurations, enchantments and witchcrafts." FPeople of the Shakespearean age held a strong belief in: FGhosts FMalevolent spirits  Witches- “ a physical manifestation of evil and a threat to society's moral and religious fiber. ” F1400 to 1700= era of witch hunts and witch trials. FQueen Elizabeth I passed the 1562 Elizabethan Witchcraft Act forbidding "conjurations, enchantments and witchcrafts."

5 The Witches and the Plot The witches play several roles within the text Emblems of the hostile powers in nature Mysticism of fate and pre-determined destiny “ they are ignoble and vulgar instruments of hell ” Designed to bring out the worst in Macbeth Cunning, manipulative and it is unclear how much future-predicting ability they truly posses The witches play several roles within the text Emblems of the hostile powers in nature Mysticism of fate and pre-determined destiny “ they are ignoble and vulgar instruments of hell ” Designed to bring out the worst in Macbeth Cunning, manipulative and it is unclear how much future-predicting ability they truly posses

6 The Role of Lady Macbeth When discussing Lady Macbeth ’ s role in Macbeth ’ s fate many questions should be asked: FWhat actions did she convince Macbeth to do? FWould he have done what he did without her? FChild birth FDoes Macbeth blame Lady Macbeth for not baring children? FIf so his mortality is pinned on her When discussing Lady Macbeth ’ s role in Macbeth ’ s fate many questions should be asked: FWhat actions did she convince Macbeth to do? FWould he have done what he did without her? FChild birth FDoes Macbeth blame Lady Macbeth for not baring children? FIf so his mortality is pinned on her

7 Conclusion FHe was given freewill to decipher the information he was given and he chose to make it come true. FMacbeth was doomed tragically from the start, as is all men. His death was immanent, but his path to the death was determined by the actions that he took which led him there. FHe was given freewill to decipher the information he was given and he chose to make it come true. FMacbeth was doomed tragically from the start, as is all men. His death was immanent, but his path to the death was determined by the actions that he took which led him there.


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