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             "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 .

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