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Discuss the role of the supernatural in determining the fate of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

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´╗┐Marium Hamid Discuss the role of the supernatural in determining the fate of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. In the play ?Macbeth? by William Shakespeare the element of supernatural in Act 1 is protrayed by The Three Witches or the Weird Sisters. They are the principal element of supernatural present. Our mind harbors uncountable vices, but it is only in promisingg circumstances that these vices surface and start to dominate us. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the three witches or the Weird Sisters not only predict the future but also set in motion the wheels of destruction for the protagonists Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. It only takes a rewarding peek into the future for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to let their hidden ambition and greed to surface. It was the witches who first appeared infront of Macbeth and revealed the contents of a prophecy which shaped and initiated the plot for the rest of the story. The opening scene of the play gives us an indication on the importance of the witches. It infers a sense of foreboding. ...read more.

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He assumes that the third prophecy which said that Macbeth would be the king is surely to happen. He also assumes that it is he who has to find his path to the predicted bidding of the Witches. When King Duncan announces that his son Malcolm would become the next king, Macbeth expresses in his words what this implies in regards to the witches prediction-''The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step/On which I must fall down, or else o?erleap, for in my way it lies??. Referring to Malcolm, Macbeth ponders that if he is to gain control of the crown then Malcolm is an obstacle which he has to take care of. The evil and ambitious side of Macbeth has surfaced with the prediction of the witches. His internal conflict becomes an integral part of the rest of the play, where he tries to understand the good and the evil. A significant factor which made Macbeth pursue his evil deeds is the conditions which his wife puts forward for him to reason with. Lady Macbeth not only convinces Macbeth that the witches prophecies are right but also that the way to achieve it is if King Duncan the present king of Scotland is killed. ...read more.

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An important factor to consider is how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth viewed this situation. Their perception and prior believe in the supernatural affected how and what they made of the situation. Seeing from their perspective the appearance of the witches, the delivery of the news of Macbeth as the Thane of Cawdor and finally the King's decision of staying a night at Inverness probably appeared as an act of the supernatural bidding of mightier forces. They must have thought that the supernatural was somehow giving them the chance to achieve the future which was meant to change their lives.Even if they convinced themselves earlier that the appearance of the witches was insignificant but the coincident of Duncan staying at their castle would have suggested otherwise. The supernatural appearance of the witches acted as a catalyst which lured Macbeth and Lady Macbeth towards the heinous deeds they committed. Combined with the promise of a powerful future and over confidence Macbeth and Lady Macbeth treaded into a dreadful future. Even though the supernatural meaning the witch never mentioned the ways to acquire the crown, their tempting prophecies led the protagonists to shape a self destructive future much like a self fulfilling prophecy. ...read more.

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