"Character is fate." How far does Macbeth bring out his own destiny?

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From the beginning of the play, when the audience is introduced to the character of Macbeth, they are also introduced to his weakness: his susceptibility to witchcraft. As the "noble" and "valiant" Macbeth transforms from a good Cawdor to an evil king.

Shakespeare does not make it clear whether Macbeth freely chooses his path on his own or is controlled by the witches. It is evident from the opening scenes of the play that he is particularly affected by the supernatural, when Banquo asks Macbeth why:

"You start and seem to fear…"

Macbeth's reaction to the supernatural should be notes as it allows the audience to argue that the thought of being king has already imprinted in his mind and that the witches are merely playing on his ambition to be king. The witches bring Macbeth's ambition to the forefront of the play and it is ambition that impels him to create thoughts of violence in his mind, even though he longs for a worthy motive.

Therefore, it could be argued that perhaps the character is not fate with Macbeth, as it is the witches that begin the chain of bloody deeds that are to come. However, the way Macbeth reacts when he hears of the prophesies of the supernatural, is a hint for the audience that the "horrid image" that comes with murderous thoughts, which "doth unfix my hair", were already lying in his subconscious state. Therefore, if was not so susceptible to the witches and was strong enough to let,

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