Macbeth outline I.

Since listening to enticing prophecies led Macbeth to choose the wrong path, he should have followed his own beliefs and values when deciding his fate. II. The allurement of a good fortune telling caused Macbeth to make decisions he wouldn’t have normally made. 1. When the witches told Macbeth he “shalt be king here after” (1.3.50) he became hooked on the possibility. A. Macbeth was suddenly excited by the thought of being king. The thought controlled him and led him to choose the wrong path. He didn’t have thoughts of killing the king prior to the witches’ prophecy. 2. After Macbeth realizes that being king required the termination of the current king Duncan, he returns to his chamber having “done the deed” (2.2.14). A. Macbeth’s obsession with being king overpowers his values and conscience. His presence at the throne was just one step closer to actuality and that thought led him to continue his quest. Although he commits the crime he continues to grow in constant fear leading to his demise. III. Macbeth’s attraction to the knowledge of his future caused him to be dependent on news that never even happened. . 1. The witches tease Macbeth by offering him compelling prophecies they know he will relish. They then trick him by gaining his dependence on their prophecies all the while planning to “spend unto a dismal and fatal end” (3.5.21) the life of Macbeth. A. Macbeth was so excited on the thought of being king that he listened to an unreliable source. He became so dependent on the witches prophecies that he would murder anyone who the witches said were in his way to the throne. He soon began reassuring himself he would be fine because of the witches’ prophecies. He relied more on the prophecies than human logic and understanding. 2. Macbeth becomes dependent on the witches and when they give him bad news he curses them saying, “I will be satisfied. Deny me this, and an external curse will fall on you!” (4.1.105). A. Macbeth becomes desperate and tries to sustain any chance of him being king. He curses the witches and continues to remind himself it will still happen. The prophecy is all Macbeth has left and if that goes, all chance of his kingship diminishes. IV. You and you alone are the soul operator of your own fate. Macbeth let his actions, which were caused by the witches’ prophecy, decide his fate for him. He gave into the temptations of being king and paid his life to try and reach that title. The absence of moral values and wisdom in his choices became the path he took, and in the end, his demise.

Body Paragraph Macbeth’s attraction to the knowledge of his future caused him to be dependent on news that never even happened. The witches tease Macbeth by offering him compelling prophecies they know he will relish. They then trick him by gaining his dependence on their prophecies all the while planning to “spend unto a dismal and fatal end” (3.5.21) the life of Macbeth. Macbeth was so excited on the thought of being king that he listened to an unreliable source. He became so dependent on the witches prophecies that he would murder anyone who the witches said were in his way to the throne. He soon began reassuring himself he would be fine because of the witches’ prophecies. He relied more on the prophecies than human logic and understanding. His increasing vulnerability makes him more bitter and helpless as he tries to keep hope in his efforts toward the throne. Macbeth becomes even more dependent on the witches and when they give him bad news he curses them saying, “I will be satisfied. Deny me this, and an external curse will fall on you!” (4.1.105). Macbeth has reached his lowest form of desperation and tries to sustain any chance of him still being king. He curses the witches and continues to remind himself the prophecy will live on. The prophecy is all Macbeth has left and if that goes, all chance of his kingship diminishes.

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