"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited .
" (William Jennings Bryan) Are we in control of our own destiny, .
our own fate, or are our lives really already planned and mapped out for us? Does Macbeth .
willfully choose evil in order to achieve his "destiny"? Or, is his "destiny" doomed by the .
witches" prophecies? Macbeth may not have made any of his same choices, if the three Weird .
sisters hadn't come to him. In Shakespeare's play Macbeth, Macbeth is no pawn of fate. .
Although Macbeth was destined to become king, the path he chose to take to achieve his .
aspiration of obtaining the throne was of his own free will. Macbeth knew exactly what he was .
doing in order to attain his destiny of becoming king. Although Macbeth was skeptical about the .
witches" predictions he later learned as the play progressed that destiny truly determined his .
The prophecy of the witches was that Macbeth would become king. Nowhere did the .
witches predict the following events in Macbeth's life before he reached the throne. The .
prophecy of Macbeth becoming Thane of Cawdor had already come true, enhancing Macbeth's .
aspirations of becoming king. The second prophecy would certainly come true for him, but he .
has to choose how to get there. Macbeth was destined for the throne, however obtaining that .
destiny was completely up to him. Killing Duncan seemed to be the only way for him, even .
though he knew it was wrong. Macbeth was well-aware his actions were immoral and unjust, .
and he continued with the murders anyway. He contemplates the reasons for why it would be .
wrong to kill Duncan, showing he could have just as easily chosen not to kill the King of .
Scotland. "This even-handed justice commends th"ingredience of our poisoned chalice to our .
own lips. He's here in double trust: first as I his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the .
deed; then as his host, who should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself .