To what extent is Macbeth responsible for his own downfall? consider the main causes and themes within the play.Need help with this question for an assessment task. any help explain it and maybe...

To what extent is Macbeth responsible for his own downfall? consider the main causes and themes within the play.

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Macbeth is given prophecies by the witches and he is encouraged to act on these suggestions by Lady Macbeth, but he ultimately makes the choices to murder Duncan, Macduff's family and Banquo. The fact that Macbeth does feel guilt (and fear of being caught and losing the throne) reveals his subconscious anxiety. If Macbeth truly felt that he was just at the mercy of fate (courtesy of the witches' prophecies) then he would have no misgivings about carrying out his crimes. The fact that Macbeth agonizes over his crimes reveals that he knows (consciously or subconsciously) that the responsibility is partly or all his.

Macbeth is never forced to do what he does. The witches give him visions. Macbeth confers with his wife and she encourages him to commit the crimes. You can make the argument that, had the witches never presented him with these prophecies, he would never have even thought up this scheme. But he chooses to carry it out.

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