Who caused the downfall of Macbeth? Macbeth himself, Lady Macbeth, or the 3 witches?

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It's true that the Weird Sisters tell Macbeth that he will be king, and it seems as though they want to manipulate him in order to see the lengths to which he will go to make it happen. They certainly don't have good intentions toward him, or else they might tell him his reign will end poorly, or they would word the apparitions' warnings less enigmatically so Macbeth can understand the danger to him. In the end, though, it is Macbeth who chooses to murder Duncan. No one forces him. It is also true that Lady Macbeth plays a big role in getting Macbeth to go through with the murder. However, she cannot do it herself, and he could ultimately choose not to, as well. When the chips are down, so to speak, Macbeth carries out the...

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