Macbeth is responsible for his own downfall.

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Macbeth is responsible for his own downfall. Do you agree?

In the beginning of the play Macbeth, the witches confronted Macbeth and Banquo and prophesied that Macbeth would be "Thane of Glamis", "Thane of Cawdor" and " King hereafter". As from then, we acknowledge that Macbeth is a weak character. Macbeth could have dismissed the prophecies as fantastical like Banquo did. But instead Macbeth chooses to believe in those miss-interpreted predictions, which ultimately lead to his own downfall. From the start when the witches said that Macbeth would be king hereafter Macbeth seems to be taken in by the predictions then suddenly commands the witches to be told more. Also MacBeth's downfall is caused mainly by himself, he was the one that plotted those murders, he himself killed King Duncan, his fellow general Banquo and the family of Macduff. Another factor of his own downfall was his ambition; he strived to become King of Scotland that he lost all his humane emotions.

During the beginning of the play, the witches play an important part in what was to be the main factor of the whole play, that main factor was MacBeth's downfall. In the start where Macbeth and Banquo confronted the witches, the 3 witches addressed Macbeth as the Thane of Cawdor, The Thane of Glamis and King hereafter. From that moment one the decision Macbeth faced would change and alter his life forever. Instead of choosing to dismiss the predictions as some gibberish Macbeth was quite taken in by it. And he even went as to command the witches to tell him more.

"Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more...........Upon this blasted heath

you stop our way with such prophetic greeting? Speak, I charge you!"

(Act 1 Scene 3 Lines 69 - 77)

MacBeth's downfall...