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The Supernatural’s Role In Macbeth Essay

765 words - 4 pages

The supernatural is arguably one of the most prominent things that fuels Macbeth’s unchecked ambition throughout the play. In fact, the very thing that began his journey into insanity was his conversation with the three witches and Banquo in Act 1, scene 3. The witches said “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!”, and if he hadn’t of met or listened to the witches then his fate could’ve possibly been avoided altogether. Banquo in contrast didn’t listen to the witches, and if Macbeth had done the same then neither of them would have died. Of course Macbeth’s downfall can’t be entirely blamed on the witches or the supernatural in general. The supernatural wouldn’t have affected him in the first place if he hadn’t been too prideful and gullible to begin with.
This wasn’t the only instance where the witches came into play. Later on in Act 4, scene 1 Macbeth actually hunts out the witches to confront them about their apparitions, and this only further leads to his demise. Each witch shows an apparition explaining Macbeth’s fate in the most ambiguous way possible. To begin with there’s a armoured helmet that says “Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff.” which is stating that he should be wary of Macduff due to him being his enemy. Then the next apparition is a bloody child that states “Laugh at the power of other men, because nobody born from a woman will ever harm Macbeth.”, and finally the last apparition is a child with a crown holding a tree branch stating “Macbeth will never be defeated until Birnam Wood marches to fight you at Dunsinane Hill.”
All of these statements are intentionally vague, and if Macbeth had taken more time to question their validity then a great deal of misfortune could have been avoided. He may have noticed that the first apparition gave no reason as to why he should fear Macduff, he could have noticed that the apparition said nothing of caesarian births, and as for the last one if he had thought about it more he may have thought of an outside of the box solution to that prophecy.
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