Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’ explores the theme of fate vs freewill. In the play there are multiple prophecies, which at first seem unlikely, but are eventually all fulfilled. However, do the prophecies cement Macbeth’s downfall or is it his own weaknesses that cause his undoing.
All of Macbeth’s most important decisions, through out the play, come from suggestions or manipulations from other characters. These choices of action go against his better judgement, but he is persuaded nevertheless, until his morality is warped to comply with what outside characters have pressed on to him. Furthermore, Macbeths original judgement is often the moral one, but he is manipulated anyway which eventually leads to his doom. Macbeth complies with Lady Macbeths demands for him to kill the king, despite him being against the idea. In scene 7 of act 1, Macbeth imparts his feelings about the murder to his wife when he says they should “proceed no further”. However, because of Macbeths weakness to her, and Lady Macbeth easily talks him into the deed, Macbeth stating “I am settled”, before he walks offstage to murder his king.
The danger of blind ambition is arguably one of the most prominent morals of the text, as Macbeth becomes completely overcome with the desire for power, that he allows himself and his life to fall into the dark seen in the end.