Macbeth Doomed?Does Macbeth "really" have the moral choice , or was he doomed after all?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Yes, Macbeth has a choice.  Even if the witches are messing with his head, he still can choose to ignore the so-called signs.  He latched onto those prophecies immediately, as opposed to Banquo who felt disturbed by his.  Macbeth could have walked away.  He didn't.

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morrol | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Traditional views on tragedy are that he was doomed. Fate always plays a huge roll in a tragic hero's downfall. This is especially true in the original tragedies, like the Oedipus Trilogy.

Macbeth is responsible for his hubris, or tragic flaw, excessive pride.

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