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Macbeth is a man, influenced by supernatural powers, a manipulative wife and a growing ambition.

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Macbeth is a man, influenced by supernatural powers, a manipulative wife and a growing ambition. One of the main influences on Macbeth is the supernatural. In Shakespeare's time their preoccupation with supernatural forces, fear existed in society about witches and their evil performance. This was all linked in peoples everyday things like the weather which was often misconstrued as a sign or a portent off evil. Hence, the significance of the phrase "Fair is foul, and foul is fair," And also, "So fair and foul a day I have not seen." Macbeth returning from victory, in which he featured a hero, is confounded by the rain and storm. This turns out to be fore - taste of the ciaos to come. Supernatural powers will be seen to strongly influence the outcomes of the story and Macbeth's downfalls. Shakespeare uses history to form the basis of his story and alters it to increase the dramatic effect. The appearance of the witches reflects history's fear of supernatural powers - yet Macbeth far from being horrified says:- "What are there so weird and wonderful in their alive." ...read more.

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This theme becomes recurring throughout the play. It can be noted that the witches meet after every battle is lost and won, and every battle, whether man against man, man against nature or man against himself it will always be lost by one side and won by another. Eventually Macbeth will lose the battle for his soul. After the witches reveal the fate of Macbeth becoming king, he begins to develop an immoral plan to carry out the prophecy. The only way for Macbeth to have the throne will be to wait or to kill King Duncan. Macbeth already knew of his future as king due to the witches' forecast of his future, so how he went about getting there did not concern Macbeth. If the three sisters had not confronted Macbeth with the news of his possible future would he have thought of a deviant plan to murder King Duncan, and better yet, would he have had a future as a king at all? If you refer back to the text you will find just as the witches appear before Macbeth the first time, the plot to murder King Duncan begins and immediately after the second visitation, the events leading to Macbeth's death take place. ...read more.

Conclusion

This proves that Macbeth fell under the influence of the supernatural without knowing. Accredited author J. L. F. Flathe quotes, "But we are constrained to ask, what devil gives the devil such power over this poor devil Macbeth that he is so immediately led astray, while we see, in the case of Banquo, that any man who chooses can easily withstand the devil?" Any given person's human nature tempts them to take an easier path if shown the way. Some people exhibit more hardworking and honest traits than others. Macbeth was deceitful and dishonest, therefore following the path of the devil. Macbeth suffered the consequences of his actions by death. Though Banquo also suffered consequences of honesty, his heirs benefited in the long run by inheriting the crown. Macbeth's decisions were influenced by supernatural encounters, causing him to tragically meet a doomed fate. These paranormal experiences and influences caused Macbeth to choose certain paths, only to lead him to self-destruction. Had the witches, ghosts, and visions not occurred throughout the play, what other courses would have been walked to lead him to his ill-fated destiny? Without the guidance of these forces, Macbeth's fate would have been altered and the plot would be non-existent. ...read more.

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