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How Does The Supernatural Influence Macbeth

analytical Essay
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Priscilla Asante
J. Cousineau
ENG 2D
21 December 2017 Influential Characters in Macbeth
The author Napoleon Hill once said, “Without a doubt, the most common weakness of all human beings is the habit of leaving their minds open to the negative influence of other people”(Napoleon Hill, Az quotes). One should be careful of the people they decide to surround themselves with because they could influence you while having a hidden agenda that could impact your life negatively. In Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the reader is introduced to the supernatural and Lady Macbeth. The supernatural deliver prophecies throughout the play to Macbeth. He informs his wife, Lady Macbeth about his fate. Lady Macbeth is …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that one should be careful of the people they surround themselves with because they could influence one's life negatively. the supernatural deliver prophecies throughout the play to macbeth.
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth persuades him to commit murder by questioning his courage, masculinity, and his loyalty to her.
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth tries to convince him to kill duncan by mocking his masculinity. she also questions his loyalty to her, telling him she would rather kill her own child than break a promise.
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth is relentless in trying to convince him that she would never break a promise even if the means to do it would mean killing her own child.
  • Analyzes how the supernatural influence macbeth's decisions by the use of prophecies which motivate him to act on his greatest desires.
  • Analyzes how macbeth is influenced by the supernatural by telling him prophecies that appeal to his inner desires.
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth and the supernatural appeal to his impulsive nature throughout the play. they caution against accepting the influences of others.

The supernatural tell Macbeth prophecies about his upcoming fate. These prophecies awake his deep inner ambitions so he does not doubt the witches and decides to take action to make his fate come true. The witches influence Macbeth's decisions by playing on his secret ambitions. Macbeth and Banquo are met by the three witches. They are told that Macbeth will become the Thane of Cawdor and then the king of Scotland. They greet Macbeth by saying "All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis / All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor / All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter" (1. 3. 46-48). Macbeth is told by the witches that he will become the Thane of Cawdor then after he will become the king of Scotland. He does not express any feelings of distrust towards the witches. These words spoken by the witches lead Macbeth to start thinking about his secret ambitions to become king. Another time the witches' prophecy has an influence on Macbeth is when Duncan thanks, Macbeth and Banquo for their heroic actions during the battle. He then names Malcolm as the Prince of Cumberland. Macbeth expresses his joy for Malcolm but to himself, he indicates that Malcolm is a problem he will have to solve if he wants to become king. After hearing the news about Duncan, Macbeth thinks to himself …show more content…

Lady Macbeth challenges his self-esteem as a way to motivate him to murder Duncan. The supernatural tells Macbeth prophecies that appeal to his secret ambitions which prompt him to act on them. One should always take precaution when accepting the influences of other people. They could have ulterior motives which benefit them but in the end, could cause unfortunate and tragic consequences for the individual who welcomed their influence. One should be careful to reject the negative influences of people that surround

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