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Macbeth -- Fate or Free Choice? In Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth's fate is determined by the choices that he makes. The initial hint to the reader of Macbeth's choices comes as a warning out of Banquo to Macbeth about believing the witches, or Weird Sisters. After Macbeth begins to believe the witches, this belief eases his decisions to take certain action. Macbeth's decision to think the witches also gives them control over him that further exemplifies how Macbeth's destiny is fated by his own choice to consider them. Throughout the play Macbeth has chances to stop believing in the witches, thereby choosing actions which may avoid a destiny that is harmful. It's Macbeth's free choice to consider the witches or not, and it is this choice along with his consequent actions that contributes to his fate. Banquo understands how cunning, crafty and clever the witches actually are following Macbeth becomes Thane of Cawdor. He warns Macbeth by stating: But 'tis strange. And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray's In deepest consequence. -- (1.3.134-138) Banquo is stating it's strange how "the instruments of darkness," (1.3.136) the witches, can lead Macbeth to harm by tricking him. They do this by telling Macbeth a little trifle -- that he will become Thane of Cawdor. While this comes true, it's truly a result of Macbeth's actions of loyalty to the king. Once this first prophecy of the witches proves accurate, Macbeth bel...