Throughout Macbeth, Macbeth makes many key decisions that impact on his destiny in the play. But are the decisions Macbeth makes from his free will or the fate the three witches have chosen for him. .
Upon the opening of Macbeth, we encounter these three supernatural women discussing Macbeth, we can assume that these women have an interest in Macbeth and are going to be involved later on in the play.
The fate of Macbeth is first discussed upon Macbeth's first meeting with the three witches. The comment "so foul and fair a day I have not seen" Macbeth makes is very similar to one of the lines the witches mentioned in the first scene, "fair is foul and foul is fair." From this we can assume that Macbeth has a weird linking to these foul creatures the witches themselves. The first interaction the witches make with Macbeth is heavily pestered by predictions into his future. .
"All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Glamis", .
"All hail Macbeth hail to thee, thane of Cawdor" .
"All hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter.".
A few scenes later one of the witches" predictions come true Macbeth is bade thane of Cawdor. Was it fate that Macbeth was named thane of Cawdor or just co-incidence.
We can make a judgment that Macbeth believes in fate, for his actions reflect the he believed the witches from then onwards.
The first evidence of this is Macbeth killing the Duncan the king. He follows his illusion of a knife to Duncan chambers. Later on as king, Macbeth believes he can change the fate of the witches" prophecy to Banquo .
"To be thus is nothing;.
But to be safely thus.--Our fears in Banquo.
Stick deep; and in his royalty of nature.
Reigns that which would be fear'd: 'tis much he dares;.
And, to that dauntless temper of his mind,.
He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valour.
To act in safety. There is none but .
Whose being I do fear: and, under him,.
My Genius is rebuked; as, it is said,.
Mark Antony's was by Caesar.