Brandon JohnsonKippEnglish 1020 December 2017 Macbeth’s Free Will Or Fate Do the witches make the choices of Macbeth or does he use free will? In macbeth we see all the characters in what there role is and the outcome of each character. We also see the consequences that follow and how everything is lead up to the cause. Macbeth i believed is ruled by free will. He does go to the witches to see how is future will end up but in no way the witches forced him to do anything and he decided to listen to the witches prophecies which lead himself in the direction of what he did in the play.One of the prophecies that the witches had told Macbeth was to kill the king and he will get the throne to himself. “you spirits That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty” (1.5.38–41). This is what Lady Macbeth says after the killing of Duncan and before Macbeth crowned King and take over. The witches encounter King Macbeth saying. “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter ” (I, iii, line 49-51). When Macbeth sees that the prophecies are real he gets more full of himself and this is where the turning point of Macbeth is. Throughout the book Macbeth visits the witches a couple more times and since the first prophecies were real then eventually that tells him in his brain that whatever the witches are telling him it’s what’s going to happen. Yes in some way you can argue about saying that the witches are the ones doing everything and Macbeth has no power towards his actions.Macbeth wouldn’t be killing anyone if he never heard he was going to be king or say he was never going to get ambushed by Malcolm and his army he would have stayed the same so in my mind i’m in the middle because the witches planned everything perfectly. The witches said that he would be king but had to kill his way to get it and having Lady Macbeth isn’t helping at all also. Macbeth wasn’t getting a spell or a curse the witches told him a prophecy that he liked so much that he would be willing to do so. Then one thing lead to another and he ended up killing a lot more to keep him under the radar and not get caught even going to the extent of killing his best friend banquo. Macbeth was trapped either way he went would have gotten him caught. Like i said the witches planned it perfectly to where once Macbeth came through of killing the king then the cycle starts where he has to cover up for himself over and over until it turns into no one left to kill. This reminds me of something i heard and throughout the book it was always in the back of my head but it was one thing leads to another and your actions in the past tells you the road on what you have to live on.