The murder of King Duncan initiates another ... ... middle of paper ... ..."I will, to the weird sisters:/ More shall they speak, for now I am bent to know, / By the worst means, the worst" (3.5). They make three more prophecies and Macbeth is no longer fearful, but self-assured. The witches encouraged him to believe he is invulnerable and indestructible. The false security given to him by unnatural forces like the witches lead to his death. From the very beginning of the play, supernatural and unnatural forces have inspired and encouraged Macbeth.
However, this experience is not one that gives him courage or ambition but one that gives him fear, enough to make a man go mad. At the party, Macbeth sees Banquo’s ghost which he describes as “a bold one that dare look on that which might appall the devil” (III.vi.63). He begins to act like a madman in front of all those loyal to him and reveals that Banquo is dead. Despite Lady Macbeth’s attempt to cover up his act by blaming it on a childhood illness, Macbeth’s followers begin to lose question their king, lose trust in him, and even wonder if he is the one who murdered Duncan. After the banquet, Macbeth seeks the witches out of their cave so that he can learn more about his future and silence those who are plotting against him despite what the consequences may be.
"Yet do I fear thy nature; it is too full o’ the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way." Lady Macbeth uses the weaknesses of Macbeth to convince him to kill King Duncan: she challenges his manhood "When you durst do it, then you were a man." "Thou esteem’st the ornament of life and live a coward in thine own esteem." She tries to make him feel guilt: Macbeth promised to kill Duncan he changes his mind. "What beast was’t, then that made break this enterprise to me" In Macbeth the Witches are shown as being evil, conniving, and cruel.
(Three ways the witches’ tricked Macbeth was showing him an armed head telling him to fear Macduff, a bloody child stating that none born of a woman shall hurt Macbeth, and a crowned child with a tree in its hand saying he will not be defeated until Birnam wood comes to his castle on Dunsinane hill. ) (The first apparition given to Macbeth that foreshadows his destruction is told by “an armed Head” (Shakespeare 4.1.67). It warns him, “Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth!
As opening characters in the story, the witches establish the major theme of the tale and predict future events. Upon hinting of their insight to the end of the war and revealing their relationship with demonic forces, the witches call out, "Fair is foul, and foul is fair,"(I, i, 12). In his first meeting with the Weird Sisters, Banquo questions the witches powers and asks, "If you can look into the seeds of time and say which will grow and which will not? "(I, iii, 65). The witches prophecies linger through the story and reveal their accuracy, and Banquo takes notice and comments to Macbeth, "I dreamt last night of the three Weird Sisters.
The play focuses around evil, greed and the supernatural. The play was written by Shakespeare for the king at that time, since he was a big believer of witches and the supernatural. Supernatural is classified as the unnatural or the explainable mysteries of our universe. In Shakespeare's time many people would relate many of the unusual happening against the supernatural, since this was the most simplistic of an answer to give. Elizabethan's have several beliefs in superstitions.
While Macduff is off planning his revenge, Macbeth is back in Scotland requiring the help of the three sister witches to secure his safety. These witches relay a prophecy of Macbeth’s fate, they say, “Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn The power of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth (Shakespeare). This message gives Macbeth false hope due to the fact that Macduff was removed from his mother in an unnatural way and not of a woman. Macduff is the ending to this fable after he successfully kills Macbeth and ends his fate to protect himself and the people of
Lady Macbeth creates the murderous plan of killing King Duncan after receiving Macbeth’s letter about his encounter with the witches. Lady Macbeth does not think that Macbeth is strong enough to go through was such a devious plan, so she takes direct shots at Macbeth saying that he is a coward and constantly questions his manhood. Like every noble warrior out there, Macbeth certainly was not a fan of having his masculinity being humiliated. Lady Macbeth says, “wouldst thou esteem’s the ornament of life and live a coward in thine own esteem” (I. vii. 45-47), when verbally attacking Macbeth.
The supernatural plays an important role in Macbeth and supports the plot. From the floating dagger to Banquo's ghost, the supernatural is greatly responsible for every dark moment in the play. Supernatural experiences is what kept the play going and entertaining in my mind. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are propelled into killing because of the supernatural or them making it happen. The supernatural was scary at the time and the play was risky because of the witches, but doing it made the play even better.
In the middle of the novel, Macbeth approaches the witches in order to stabilize his kingship. The witches provide Macbeth three apparitions for him to follow. They instruct him to beware Macduff, but people born from a woman can not kill him. In addition, he will not lose his power until Birnam Wood moves to Dunsinane. This makes Macbeth relieved, but he is shaken when a line of kings appear with Banquo.