Presentation on theme: "Fate vs. Macbeth Thesis:"— Presentation transcript:
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
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? 1. Lust for wickednessThe mysticism of the witchesNeed to make the witches predictions a reality2. Need for powerEnvy of Banquo and his blood lineDirect reason for regicide3. Desire to be immortallady Macbeth and having children
4 Historical Background of Macbeth People of the Shakespearean age held a strong belief in:GhostsMalevolent spiritsWitches- “a physical manifestation of evil and a threat to society's moral and religious fiber.”1400 to 1700= era of witch hunts and witch trials.Queen 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 textEmblems of the hostile powers in natureMysticism of fate and pre-determined destiny“they are ignoble and vulgar instruments of hell”Designed to bring out the worst in MacbethCunning, 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:What actions did she convince Macbeth to do?Would he have done what he did without her?Child birthDoes Macbeth blame Lady Macbeth for not baring children?If so his mortality is pinned on her
7 ConclusionHe was given freewill to decipher the information he was given and he chose to make it come true.Macbeth 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.