Fate or Choice?? That is the question...

The three witches make predictions to Macbeth of his future at the start of the story:
"All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!"
"All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!"
"[Banquo] shalt get kings, thought thou be none. So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!"

And later, they make more predictions pertaining to Macbeth, throught apparations:
"Mactbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff; beware the Thane of Fife."
"Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn The pow'r of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth."
"Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam wood to hight Dunsinane Hilll Shall come against him."


Or Choice...?
Macbeth has chosen to accept and take into his own hands the predictions that the witches have given him:
"I go, and it is done. The bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven, or to hell."
"I will advise you where to plant yourselves, Acquiant you witht he perfect spy o' the time, The moment on't; for't musn't be done tonight, And something from the palace (always thought That I require a clearness), and with him, To leave no rubs nor botches in the work, Fleance his son, that keeps him company, Whose absence is no less material to me Than is his father's, must embrace the fate of that dark hour. Resolve yourseles apart; I'll come to you anon."


It's CHOICE! (our analysis)

Even though the witches predict the outcomes that occur in the story of Macbeth, it is ultimately Macbeth's decision. He personally made the choice to commit the murder of Duncan and have the other characters that are lost killed. The witches obviously have a great influence on what Macbeth does, however, because he would most likey have not been tempted to have anyone killed if they had not planted the idea into his head. Lady Macbeth also had a great influence on Macbeth's decisions by convincing him that he must kill Duncan to allow the predictions to come true. So even though the predictions planted the idea into Macbeth's mind in the first place, it was ultimately his own choice to allow them to come true. The witches could pretty much call it fate because they knew the way peoples' minds work and knew that after the idea was put into Macbeth's brain he would most likely go with it.