Macbeth (Theme) – Fate and Uncertainty/Unchecked Ambition

Underlying Idea At the start, the play is plunged into uncertainty (“When shall we meet again?”/”But how of Cawdor”/”This supernatural soliciting cannot be good, cannot be ill”)
LINK From this uncertainty spawns Fate vs. Fortune
Fate vs. Fortune Fate is something that is considered fixed (eg. Becoming King). Fortune is something that is considered unfixed (eg. How you will acquire Fate)
Fate vs. Fortune in Lady Macbeth and Macbeth Lady Macbeth supports idea of Fate vs. Fortune”Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem/To have thee crown’d withal” (Lady Macbeth). She is suggest that fate itself doesn’t achieve fate itself. Macbeth supports idea of Fate vs. Fortune “Why do I yield to the suggestion?” (Macbeth). His ambition, or willingness to commit Fortune, was triggered by fate.
LINK Acquiring/Mastering fate becomes the driving force of Macbeth. From Fate vs. Fortune spawns unchecked ambition.
Underlying idea Ambition “unchecked” by moral constraints. Ambition is catalyzed by the “fate” that the Witches predicted. Their ambition drives Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to commit “fortune” which is destructive in its attempt to master “fate”.

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