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"The supernatural is the force responsible for many of theevents of Macbeth." How far do you agree with this statement?

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"The supernatural is the force responsible for many of the events of Macbeth." How far do you agree with this statement? Throughout the play Macbeth goes through many changes, but the question is 'what is responsible for these changes?' Responsible means to have control over something or someone - something definitely has control over Macbeth, whether he himself has this control or the supernatural or even Lady Macbeth does I will be discussing in this essay. I will also decide what I think is responsible for the actions that Macbeth takes in the play. The supernatural may not be completely responsible for Macbeth's actions but they almost certainly play an important part in the development of Macbeth's character. Because the supernatural was a force that was believed in by everyone at that time Macbeth is willing to deem what they say: - Macbeth: Into the air; and what seem'd corporal melted As breath into the wind. Would they have stayed. Banquo: Were such things here as we do speak about? Or have we eaten on the insane root That takes the reason prisoner? This extract is taken from after the witches' first appearance in the play. ...read more.


The dagger can be interpreted in two ways; either as a hallucination or a real dagger the witch's made in an incantation to tempt Macbeth further. Firstly I will talk about the dagger as a hallucination. Macbeth is a tragic hero and every tragic has a fatal flaw; Macbeth's fatal flaw is ambition. Throughout the play he lets his ambition get the better of him and this ambition could be what drives him into hallucinating about the dagger because at this early point in the play Macbeth is still unsure of whether he should be killing the king or not, so he could be looking for encouragement - a dagger pointing the way that he wants to go definitely is a good source of encouragement. But even Macbeth is unsure if it is real. "Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible To feeling as to sight? Or art thou but A dagger of the mind, a false creation, Proceeding from the heart-oppressed brain?" He debates in his mind for a while whether he is seeing it as a hallucination to reinforce his will to commit regicide. The other reason about the existence of the dagger is that it could be a creation made by the witch's. ...read more.


However, if he is real and is going against what the witch's want it could be showing the disorder that Macbeth and his activities have brought into society. There are many other influences that could be responsible for Macbeth's actions, one of which is Lady Macbeth. Macbeth's role is to play the tragic hero whose fatal flaw is ambition. But he isn't the only one to be ambitious; Lady Macbeth is the dominant person in their relationship and her ambition for Macbeth shines through in the course of events. It is her that first plants the idea of killing Duncan in Macbeth's head and it is her that provides the encouragement for Macbeth that he needs for confidence. She could easily be judged as selfish and manipulative because she got Macbeth to 'do the dirty work'. Her role could be described as vital but still supplementary to the witches'. Lady Macbeth manipulates Macbeth by questioning his manhood; he could be seen as a feeble if he isn't willing to kill Duncan for his and her future. With a mixture of ambition and Lady Macbeth's manipulative and encouraging characteristics there is definitely reason to doubt that the supernatural are responsible for Macbeth and his behaviour. The audience is immediately plunged into a mystical atmosphere because the first scene is with the witch's performing an incantation; this helps the audience to view the play from a spiritual view. ...read more.

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