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To what extent do Superstition and the Supernatural lead to Macbeth’s downfall?

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To what extent do Superstition and the Supernatural lead to Macbeth's downfall? Superstition is an excessively credulous belief in the supernatural. Supernatural is an attribute to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature. When it is referred to as "the supernatural", then it means supernatural manifestations or events. Both of the two terms that I have just explained, superstition and supernatural, are present a lot of the time during the play Macbeth, and many of the supernatural events which occur during the play tend to lead into other happenings. The witches are actually an important part of the play and the supernatural, because they start the play along with the supernatural. In the first scene the supernatural theme is present due to the witches. They also speak of Macbeth and involve him in supernatural matters, and we can tell that they influence him, and this also blooms as the play develops. The words that the witches use are also of a supernatural nature. Some link together sometimes in a chant like way, such as 'Fair is foul, and foul is fair', and this sounds rather unpleasant and evil. The language and the way in which they use it sounds confusing and lets us know that the witches like evil and believe that it is right. ...read more.

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Tell me more', which is meant to make Banquo and the audience to think that ha does not believe them, but tells the witches to carry on as he is curious as to what they have to say, but they vanish and we know that he has taken them seriously as he desperate for tem to return and is spellbound. However, Banquo has a different view and asks 'have we eaten on the insane root' meaning are they hallucinating. Banquo advises Macbeth to stear clear o the witches and what they have said, but he ignores him as he is greedy and over ambitious. This is where we know that the supernatural has inhabited Macbeth's body and has began to change him. The downfall has begun and worst is yet to come. At the time of the predictions Macbeth was already Thane of Glanis, and was shortly made the Thane of cawdaw. This made him believe that the predictions and now he was interacting with the supernatural. Macbeth wanted more and thought that two out of three preictions was not enough and was going to go to extreme measures to get what he wanted. Lady Macbeth also assisted Macbeth during the downfall period. ...read more.

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Before he could have blamed it on the supernatural and perhaps been given some justice, but when he took matters into his own hands he was to blame. As soon as he goes 'solo' things go from bad to worse. Macbeth starts to attract suspition, and in particular, suspition from Banquo, and this is why he is murdered. It could be said that all of the deaths in Macbeth were caused by the supernatural, dur to the fact that the witches had quite a lot to do with Macbeth, and the Murder of Duncan was directed by witchcraft. Macbeth was provoked by the witches and pressurised by his wife, who we know used witchcraft at some time during the play, and did carry out the actions himself, but we could say that it is not his fault. However, the witches may have just been making mindless suggestions, and Macbeth's vaulting ambition with the pressure and perswation of his wife, Lady Macbeth, that was responsible for the murder of Duncan. After this of course, the murder are down to one man, Macbeth. I think that the supernatural does indeed lead to Macbeth's, but really, he is too blame, and becomes a monster. I think that the main reason is his own vaulting ambition and that he can not escape the blame. ...read more.

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