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The Supernatural in Macbeth

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From witches to apparitions, supernatural elements are the constituents of the play, Macbeth. The supernatural occurrences served as role as a manifestation of evil temptations that seduced Macbeth into murdering, even his own comrades. Macbeth’s first meet with the supernatural was the ignition of his ambition to kill for his own success; the second encounter of the supernatural allowed his sanity and judgment to wander off to a murderer’s mind with the basis of his before gained ambition. Supernatural’s third fated meeting with Macbeth had left him the unbearable token of guilt and insecurity in which compelled him to act in a petrified way during his banquet. The last meeting ultimately left Macbeth with the evading thought of killing his once close friend and his close friend’s family. From what was stated, the supernatural played a large role that motivated Macbeth’s action to the extent where his moralities became impaired, and he had succumbed to executing dark deeds.

As the philosophical saying goes, everything must have a beginning. Chiefly, Macbeth’s first brush with the supernatural whose form was three witches greeted him in high appraisals, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! / All Hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter! [SIC]” (1.3. 49-50). This prediction meant that Macbeth would become Thane of Cawdor and reign as a king. Along with Macbeth’s fortune, Banquo’s prophecy was, “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none” (1.3. 67). Macbeth was dubious at first however; he soon believed the witches’ words after he gained the recognition of Thane of Cawdor. This activated this manifesting ambition to rise to the throne at all cost to fulfill the witches’ prophecy and gain power. Furthermore, Macbeth...

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...he ambition Macbeth held to do whatever that was in his power to stay on top, even if it is to kill innocent bystanders such as Macduff’s family. Overall, witches, apparitions, and supernatural forms alike play the crucial role in Macbeth. In visionary senses, the supernatural elements turned the hero of the play into a rogue man who sees nothing but a straight, clear path to power. Along this path are supernatural forms that allow Macbeth to pass to get to the power by succumbing to their dark wills by dangling power in front of him. From the evil temptations, Macbeth was motivated to murder and did the actions he had done to get to his most desired power. In last thoughts, the supernatural motivated Macbeth to the extent that his judgment became clouded and to kill those who were in his way to throne, even disregarding the bond Macbeth had shared with his victims.
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