Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


Everyone has control over something. Whether it be themselves, someone else, or a possession, they have control. Throughout the play Macbeth, written by Shakespeare, Macbeth is controlled by three witches and also his wife.

Macbeth has a free will to choose to do what he wants but he frequently chooses to do what others want or predict of him. In Act I, Scene iii, Macbeth can’t withhold himself from knowing more of what the witches have to predict. He says to them, “Stay, you imperfect speakers. Tell me more.”(73) This is where the witches begin to gain control over Macbeth, we know this because he doesn’t want them to leave and wants to know more about what he will become.

When Macbeth finds out what the witches have predicted of him is coming true, he becomes stunned. He then begins to think of how he will be king, and all the prophecies will be won. Macbeth makes an aside saying, “ Two truths are told as happy prologues to the swelling act of the imperial theme.” (I, iii, 140) Here Macbeth is falling into the trap of the witches by realizing that he will be able to conquer the quest of becoming king.

It seems like Macbeth is someone who always gets what he wants, this greed that he has causes a problem. He wants to become king, but others stand in his way, such as Banquo, Fleance, and Macduff. He says in Act I, Scene iv, to Banquo, “If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me without my stir.” (157) He knows that he has done nothing to become Thane of Glamis, so he doesn’t have to do anything to become king. At this point it seems that Macbeth feels it is destiny for him to be king but it soon changes to his free will.

Like stated before, Macbeth thought he had done nothing to become Thane of Glamis but, he had. Macbeth had chopped the king of Norway’s head off during battle. This shows that in order for Macbeth to have gained Thane of Glamis he must kill. When he realizes this, he comes to find out that he will have to get rid of those in his way by killing them to become king. This is when he switches from destiny to free will. The prophecies then become a mind game to him and he struggles with his conscious between doing right and wrong. He then strides to make what the witches prophesized true.

Lady Macbeth first takes control over her husband in Act I, Scene v. She tells Macbeth that they will kill Duncan during his sleep. She says to Macbeth,
“O, never shall sun that morrow see! …

He that’s coming must be provided for
and you shall put this night’s great
business into my dispatch…” (71-80)

Macbeth agrees with his wife when he answers back to her, “ This shows that he will proceed with the killing because he wants to become king and will do anything he can to make the prophecies true.

Macbeth has a strong intuition to kill, and nothing will stop him. It’s like he is under a spell from the witches and has to make what they predicted come true. He knows that killing is wrong but he wants to be king. During a soliloquy, Macbeth states,
“I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent,
but only vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps
itself and falls on th’ other” (I, vii, 25)

Macbeth knows that killing is wrong but, his wanting to be king is so strong that he will do anything to become king. Here he is under total control by the witches, we know this because he will not give up his quest to become king.

Another example of Macbeth being controlled is when Macbeth says that he will go through with the plan and kill Duncan. He says, “I go, and it is done.”(II, I, 75) He can’t stop himself from wanting to be king, his greed is so strong that he chooses to do wrong and kills Duncan. Here Macbeth is struggling with himself to choose between right and wrong, his evil thoughts overpower his goodness and he chooses to kill.

Macbeth goes on to realize that killing Duncan