Supernatural Control In Macbeth

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In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the supernatural controls the motivations of characters throughout the play. The supernatural not only creates anxiety for the characters, but also the audience. The prophecies that the witches give Macbeth and Banquo is what sparks conflict between characters. This concept is especially shown within Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth. Throughout the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are lead to commit murders because of the belief that they are entitled to power. In Macbeth, the witches play a large role in creating an evil atmosphere and foreshadowing what happens later in the play. The hallucinations seen by Macbeth such as the dagger, the ghost of Banquo, and the conversation with the doctor all serve as examples …show more content…
Once Macbeth is able to realize himself he must kill Duncan, he states, “Stars, hide your fires: Let not lights see my black and deep desires” (Act 1. Sc. 4. Ln. 58). Macbeth conveys to the audience how although he must kill Duncan, he has to commit the act against his own will. Originally, Macbeth would have never even considered of killing his own king, but the concept of control overpowers his loyalty. By concealing his murder from others, Macbeth shows how he is unwilling to take the consequences that come along with murder. This shows that Macbeth is acting unnaturally and out of his true character. Later on, Macbeth tells the audience again, “I [Macbeth] have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition” (Act 1. Sc. 7. Ln. 28). Because Macbeth is scared of what can happen if he kills Duncan, he shows how he is driven by false ambition. Macbeth does not need to kill Duncan nor take his spot at the throne, but does both because the witches and his own wife tempt him. Macbeth still has morals, but only commits the act because he feels pressured by the witches, himself, and his own wife, Lady …show more content…
Macbeth believes he is able to go unnoticed and never even be considered as a suspect. Because Macbeth feels he is left can be left without consequence, this allows him to think he can do the same to Banquo. As Macbeth becomes more paranoid of his status on the throne, he becomes more irrational. Macbeth shows his illogical thought process to the audience through his conversations with Lady Macbeth. Macbeth tells his wife it is necessary to kill Banquo because, “We 've [Macbeth and Lady Macbeth] scorched the snake, not killed it” (Act 3. Sc. 2. Ln. 15). Even though it is unnecessary to kill Banquo, Macbeth feels it is necessary so he can protect power and the propechy. Macbeth thinks Banquo has a direct effect on his kingship because he kids will succeed Macbeth as king. Since Macbeth succeeded Duncan as king, he feels as if Banquo’s children will kill him as Macbeth killed Duncan. This shows that Macbeth realizes his gory act was rotten, but his polluted thoughts make him think Banquo should die. At one point, Macbeth even reasons to Lady Macbeth it is necessary because, “I am in blood stepped so far that, should I wade no more, returning were so tedious as go o 'er” (Act 3. Sc. 4. Ln. 170). This shows Macbeth feels since he has done so much bad that he must continue in order to justify his previous actions. The only things that have motivated Macbeth to kill are the false

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