Macbeth: Fate or Free Will




Explore Shakespeare's "Macbeth" by playing different characters and  discussing the importance of fate and free will in the famous tragedy.


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Classes: 10th Grade - 12th Grade
Contributors : Yochy Shelach

Prerequisites

Reading Macbeth by Shakespeare


Get to know the characters


The Witches ("Sisters of Destiny")

The witches in the play represent Forces of Evil, which are the forces that violate political and social order and disrupt the Force of Nature. These forces represent the influence of fate on Macbeth.

Lady Macbeth

Macbeth's wife and the partner to his actions and crimes. Encourages him to fulfill his political ambitions, even at the price of brutal murders. Whenever he hesitates, she encourages him to continue. Over time she undergoes dramatic change, the murders causes her to lose sanity and die.

MacDuff

Macduff is one of Scotland's king nobleman. Macduff suspects that Macbeth murdered King Duncan. He leaves immediately to England in order to enlist the King Edward to remove Macbeth from governance and restore moral order to place.

Banquo

A nobleman and a commander in the King of Scotland army. Have the appropriate features to be a King: brave, intelligent, bold with self-confidence. The witches predict that he will not become a king, but will give birth to kings.

 

Unlike Macbeth that is easily tempted to believe the witches prophecy, Banquo resist the temptation ("Merciful powers,

Restrain in me the cursed thoughts that nature

Gives way to in repose!" (Act II, Scene One). He remained a moral to the end of play

Lennox

Lennox is one of the Scotland kings nobles. As Macduff, he also suspects that Macbeth is behind the murders in the kingdom. He is ready to fight Macbeth in order to restore good governance.



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