Essay On Role Of Supernatural In Macbeth

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In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the supernatural are a vital part of the play and they play a big part in the motivation of characters. Macbeth is filled with elements such as, the three witches, the floating dagger, and the ghost of Macduff. These elements are what cause action and chaos during the play and are major causes of Macbeth’s ambition, murder, insanity, his downfall and, ultimately, his death. Through temptation, they motivate characters to think selfishly and for their own benefit. They also cause the future chaos by telling Macbeth and Banquo about prophecies which puts the idea of power inside their heads. This motivates Macbeth to then turn his back on his loyal and brave personality and murder Duncan with his only intention …show more content…
Future conflict arises because they tempt Macbeth and Banquo with the idea of power which leads Macbeth to turn his back on his loyal and courageous personality and to become arrogant and selfish. Macbeth’s arrogance is made apparent with the immediacy of his thoughts of becoming king and it is clear that the supernatural give him arrogant ambition as Macbeth is already beginning to think of how he will be crowned king. Macbeth eventually decides to give in and murder Duncan, king of Scotland, which really shows his change in character. We see this when Macbeth says “I am settled, and bend up, each corporal agent to this terrible feat” (1.7.79-80), meaning that he had decided to go through with the plan and he is going to go prepare. The fact that Macbeth actually killed Duncan really shows how much his personality was altered because he had talked about how he thought Duncan was a great leader, how much his people loved him and how much respect he had for the king when he …show more content…
When Lady Macbeth hears about the witches’ prophecy, she is tempted with the idea of power but but she is worried that her husband is too kind and loyal to do what it takes to become king. She does rely on the supernatural during the play when she calls upon the spirits to give her the power to plot and carry out the murder of Duncan. After the witches put the ideas of her husband becoming king in her head, Lady Macbeth helps bring out the evil side of Macbeth. Her guilt consumes her, and we see how the supernatural lead her into insanity, while her husband kills everyone who could possibly get in his

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