The Supernatural Of William Shakespeare 's Macbeth Essay examples

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Dwight D. Eisenhower says, “Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it”. The supernatural was a big part of the Elizabethan era, so much that the people of this era believed fate itself could be determined through it. Macbeth, written by the infamous Shakespeare took place in this era, and undoubtedly, the supernatural was a big factor in Macbeth’s actions and ultimate downfall. The supernatural instigates Macbeth to act in ways he would not have as well as causes Macbeth to make a change from being noble to becoming evil which ultimately leads to his downfall. The supernatural plays an important role in Macbeth’s actions emphasizing the impact of outside forces on a being. The supernatural prompts and manipulates Macbeth into acting on desires that he would not do without the motivation insinuated. The witches, one of the most important supernatural beings in Macbeth were the motivation to the killing of Duncan. After discovering his supposed fate from the witches, Macbeth says “[t]wo truths are told, its happy prologues to the swelling act/ [o]f the imperial theme… If good, why do I yield to that suggestion/ [w]hose horrid image doth unfix my hair.” (Shakespeare, 1.3.144-145). The witches, which were truly evil as shown in the way the sisters handled the situation with the pilot, indirectly communicated to Macbeth through prophecies, that killing King Duncan would give him power. This power was one that Macbeth had…

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