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Explore the role of the supernatural in Macbeth

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Introduction

Is Macbeth responsible for his downfall? Edoardo Alhadeff Macbeth is only partly responsible for his downfall, for his death and for the negative outcome of his plans; it is his ambition and the fact that around him there are a lot of people who put pressure on him to become king. Macbeth is a noble man, but when his ambition to become king takes over he loses all his friends and eventually his life. The first people to influence him are the three Witches, they predict that he will become king " that shalt be king hereafter". He convinces himself that the witches are telling the truth, because deep down he wants to become king. Even if his biggest ambition is to become king, he knows it is wrong "my black and deep desires" "bloody business" because in those times only God could choose who was to have the crown for the Divine Right of Kings. ...read more.

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Macbeth never tries to contradict her because he personally feels responsible for his wife's misery. We can clearly see that Lady Macbeth is one of the main culprits for Macbeth's downfall. She has a dominant character, she calls him "coward" and explains to Macbeth precisely what he has to do, as we see in Act 1 Scene 5 when she tells him " look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under`t". She is the person in charge of the whole situation "leave all the rest to me". Even though the role of women at the time was merely of accompaniment, we see here that infact Lady Macbeth is the superior character. Macbeth is a passive actor at this point of the play while Lady Macbeth is the true leader. Lady Macbeth can also be associated with the Witches not only for her role to convince Macbeth but also for her connections with the evil " Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts! ...read more.

Conclusion

This war imagery towards the end of the play reminds us of how Macbeth was at the beginning of the play, a fearless warrior fighting for his king. This two-faced Macbeth, on one side traitor to King Duncan, and on the other great soldier begins to make him lose his mind. You can clearly see this in Act 4 when he sees the three apparitions, he doesn't understand that these apparitions are deceiving him and once more like in the witches scene he believes the words of a 'magical' character "Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth" and think he is invincible. Macbeth's downfall is caused by his great ambition that unfortunately wasn't backed up by a strong character. His fragility surrounds him by influences that only apparently are helping him overcome his weaknesses, but in reality lead him to madness and at the end to his defeat. ...read more.

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