Macbeth is the shortest tragedy written by Shakespeare. The main character, Macbeth, is both the protagonist and antagonist who is destined to suffer greatly in the story. Macbeth, driven to be king due to his ambitious spirit, will murder anyone that dare gets in his way. Although he manages to achieve becoming a king, he struggles to maintain this as fear overcomes his mind. Then Malcolm, who is the Prince of Cumberland and the eldest son of the King of Scotland named Duncan, kills and decapitates him. In the end, Malcolm is crowned as the new King of Scotland to everyone’s approval.
The reason why Macbeth, who was once a brave and loyal thane to King Duncan, would suddenly decide to kill him for his own benefit is due to the prophecies of the three witches. He placed so much faith in the words spoken to him by the three witches that he chose to believe that it was his destiny. The witches proclaimed that he is to become the King of Scotland although they predicted that the future Scottish kings will be descended not from him but rather from his fellow army captain, Banquo. Then this strikes confusion and terror towards Macbeth and this prophecy is the main thing that leads Macbeth to the following events in the play. This although eggs the question: “If you were Macbeth, would you have believed the three witches prophecy?”
For me, the answer is a definite, confident, and absolute no. I disagree with the fact that a single prophecy can determine what’s going to happen for the rest of your life. I feel like everyone should have the ability to make their own destiny and should not be stuck to just believing that a single prophecy is going to be their life from now on. When you’re told about a prophecy that is going to happen in your life, you are set upon with uneasy and perturbed thoughts about your future. Your mind is set to just think about that single event in your life that you already know because of that prophecy. You’ll be either contrived to make it into a reality or leave it a fantasy. I don’t want that to happen to me as I will be constantly betting king about my future rather than my present. I’d be constantly waiting for that prophecy to happen. After that event happens I’d be asking myself, “What now? The prophecy has already been done.”
In the perspective of Macbeth, he only knows about what is going to happen in the future according to the prophecy. Despite knowing about the bad side of the prophecy, he decides to believe it and go along with it. As readers of Macbeth, we already know that Macbeth is a tragic hero and is destined to fall in the end. Knowing the end of the story, I wouldn’t have listened to the witches if I were Macbeth since his life was destined to be gruesome and unfortunate until death. It is also bad knowing that you’ll forever be known as an evil person despite all the good you’ve done in your lifetime. Even if I were Macbeth and didn’t know what was going to happen in the future =, I still wouldn’t believe the prophecy. I wouldn’t believe the silly talk and nonsense of some witches that proclaim to know my future just because it would be plain foolish and idiotic of me. I wouldn’t have known they were telling me the truth for I didn’t trust them enough. For all i know, they could’ve used me since I was powerful (considering I’m still Macbeth) and they were witches who are sometimes (in folklore) considered as tricksters, cheaters, and deceivers.
Overall, I believe that everyone is entitled to make their own destiny and should not be required to follow a prophecy about their future. It’s just like if your parents tell you to become a lawyer and you follow what they say just because they believe that you were destined to be a lawyer. In truth, you can choose to become something else, such as a doctor or a teacher. I don’t want to be controlled by a future that someone tells me is going to happen. I want to do whatever I want without worrying about the future. I would like to enjoy the present then ultimately achieve the future that is not dictated by others but is the one that I desire.