Supernatural Entities in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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A wise man named Joseph Conrad quoted, “The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.” A man alone has the power in his own hands to cause all the wickedness and evilness. Every action is responsible of the depth of a person’s beliefs. A person’s belief always effects their actions in many ways. Conversely, also selfishness can cause wickedness. There is always a story behind a man’s action. The supernatural be a major role in someone’s actions.
In the play Macbeth, the supernatural was a major factor on the play’s style. Of the supernatural occurrence evident in the play were the witches, which they were the most important. Other occurrences were the dagger, the ghost, and the three apparitions. It all started when the three witches came to Macbeth and his best friend Banquo and said to Macbeth, “ All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter” (1.3.53). Regarding what the witches have notified what Macbeth’s good news are, Banquo also asks about his predictions and what his good news are, the witches also notify him that one of his sons will be a king. When Macbeth goes home, he shares the news with his wife, Lady Macbeth, and she tells him that he should be king and that she wants to be a queen as well, therefore she insinuates a plan that Macbeth must murder his cousin, King Duncan. Macbeth was not happy with his plan, but because of how much Lady Macbeth made him feel less of man and she kept pushing him.
As Macbeth was walking to murder his cousin from the same blood, he starts hallucinating about the dagger, “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? Come let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I have thee still. Art thou not, f...

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...stions regardless of whether the consequence be violent and destructive to nature. The witches promise to answer and at Macbeth's choice they add further unnatural ingredients to the cauldron and call up their masters. This is where the prophetic apparitions appear. The first apparition is Macbeth's own head (later to be cut off by Macduff) confirming his fears of Macduff. The second apparition tells Macbeth that he can not be harmed by no one born of woman. This knowledge gives Macbeth a false sense of security because he believes that he cannot be harmed, yet Macduff was not of woman born, his mother was dead and a corpse when Macduff was born. This leads to Macbeth's downfall. A child with a crown on his head, the third apparition, represents Malcolm, Duncan's son. This apparition also gives Macbeth a false sense of security because of the Birnam Wood prophecy.
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