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


Reading Macbeth by Shakespeare

Yochy Shelach

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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