Supernatural And Fate In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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William Shakespeare uses several techniques for supernatural and fate to play an important role in the drama Macbeth. Shakespeare creates the three witches, three apparitions, Banquo’s ghost and the famous floating dagger. These sup elements motivate Macbeth into to act immorally. Fate and the supernatural elements such as, the three witches, three apparitions and two illusions motivate Macbeth to create his own downfall.
The three witches play an important role by planting an idea that Macbeth could adjust the Great Chain of Being. The three witches, who symbolize evil, plan on when they are going to meet Macbeth and the second witch exclaims “when the battles lost and won” (1.1 4). This act foreshadows some sort of evil that is going to
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After the witches greet Macbeth with three titles, he then started thinking about how he is supposed to become king and starts to imagine himself killing King Duncan and immediately he exclaims, “present fears are less than horrible imaginings” (1.3.136-137). The new Thane of Cawdor has just imagined murdering Duncan and the image has frightened him more than anything that he has previously encountered. The reason this has frightened Macbeth is that he knows that it is immoral and would become a traitor if he murders King Duncan. This struggle shows that the witches create some internal struggle in Macbeth of good and evil. In conclusion, the three witches as well as the Apparitions play an important role in the supernatural and fate in the drama Macbeth.
The three apparitions in the performance Macbeth causes King Macbeth to become arrogant. Macbeth went to see the witches once again to demand he should be shown a series of apparitions that show his future. The first apparition was an armored head and the witches declare, “Beware Macduff; beware Thane of Fife” (4.1.71-72). The witches warn Macbeth to stay away from Macduff because he could be potential danger later in the play. The witches foreshadows the future once again
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The first illusion introduced is the floating dagger, Macbeth was experiencing some difficulty with trying to get himself to kill King Duncan. He did not want to kill King Duncan because he loves him, he is a great King and lastly he is his host and Macbeth does not want to treat him that way. Macbeth is walking down the hall to Duncan’s room and he comes in contact with a floating dagger and Macbeth exclaims, “Is this a dagger I see before me…art thou not, fatal vision…a dagger of the mind, a false creation” (2.1.33-38). Macbeth is trying to figure out whether the dagger is real or fake. The Thane of Cawdor determines it is real by determining three conditions, one being that he is supposed to use the dagger to kill Duncan, the second condition is that blood droplets began to drip off the dagger and the last condition is that the dagger is leading Macbeth toward King Duncan’s room. The floating dagger is the embodiment of Macbeth’s guilty conscience. After he realizes the three conditions he recognizes that he is meant to kill Duncan in order to become king. Even before Macbeth determined the three factors, he was still trying to determine if it was real. Macbeth uttered, “Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?” (2.1.39). This meant that Macbeth is aware that the dagger may only be an allusion. This shows that Macbeth’s fate has a guilty conscious. Also the bloody dagger foreshadows the death of

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