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The Supernatural Forces In Macbeth By Shakespeare

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Regardless of your position on supernatural events in our world, you have to acknowledge the supernatural forces at play in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In our society, we hear the occasional ghost stories or urban legends, hinting at an entanglement between our world and one more supernatural. However, when you look into the world of Macbeth, you are thrown into a world of witches, ghosts, and prophecies, all of which have very real influence upon their world. These supernatural forces pull the strings, manipulating the natural world for their liking, or benefit. This is seen in the witch’s manipulation of Macbeth, which drives the main plot of the play. Macbeth is manipulated by supernatural forces into preforming acts that went against his, and the world’s nature, causing his humanity to wither away and making him just as unnatural as his manipulators. Humanity is made up of what comes naturally to all humans: love, emotions, relationships, and ambition. The supernatural forces in the play cause these characteristics (his humanity) to diminish. Specifically his capacity to love is erased, as seen with his relationship with Lady Macbeth, and his natural ambition is replaced with an unnatural sense of destined entitlement, which leads him on his crimson-stained rise to power.
In act four, scene 1, Macbeth approaches the witches and asks them for help. In doing so he surrenders his ability to make decisions for himself. With the trust in the witches that has been solidified within him by the accuracy of their previous prophecies, he gave no second thought to the witches’ suggestion that he should kill Duncan. Because Macbeth attributes all of his successes so far, to the witches, he would have blindly followed any suggestions given by them. In other words they have manipulated him in to having full trust in them, and their supernatural abilities. When the witches tell him to “Beware Macduff” Macbeth immediately decides Macduff to be a threat to his power, and therefore= orders an attack (however indirect) against him, almost immediately. This decision by Macbeth was not thoroughly thought out, and ended up motivating Macduff to conspire against his rule, with extra vigor and motivation. If Macbeth had found himself in a similar position, free of the witches’ manipulation, he would not have ordered an attack on the man’s family because his morals would have told him it was unjust. Macbeth’s ambition being replaced by entitlement is what...

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