The tragedy was written in 1606 during the renaissance literary period, which ran form 1485-1625.The play was written during the reign of James I after the death of Queen Elizabeth 1.” …Now he will murder for no reason other than to habituate himself to the terrors of his corrupted state and make himself comfortable among them…” (Cunningham 295).
The time around which the play was written was also called the Elizabethan era.
Macbeth is ambitious for power and his character deteriorates as he acquires and tries to maintain it leading to his downfall.
Macbeth comforts himself and says, “I cannot taint with fear. Macbeth faces his death because he allows ambition change him from a noble man to a vicious monster.
His character deteriorates from the time he agrees to commit his first murder of king Duncan and is forced to kill many other power in order to hold on to power that he acquired illegitimately that eventually leads to his disintegration. “Macbeth: The Tragedy of the Hardened Heart.” 14.1 (winter1963): 39-47.
The life of Macbeth takes a different turn from act four as he decided to consult the witches to know his fate and people planning to overthrow him. You are free to use it for research and reference purposes in order to write your own paper; however, you must cite it accordingly.
He seems to be on road to self-destruction and nothing will save him from the cruel man he has become.
Explain whether you think fate or free will played a bigger role in Macbeth's downfall, using examples from the story to back your assertions.
For example, Macbeth premeditated Duncan's murder even though the witches prophesied his ascension to the throne.
Moreover, he drops deeper into darkness when he orders the killing of Macduff’s wife and children yet they are not a political threat to him.
He says of Macduff’s family “Seize upon Fife; give to the edge o’ the sword /His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls/That trace him in his line (Shakespeare 4.1.131-135).