Macbeth And Supernatural

Throughout William Shakespeare's Macbeth, many characters evolve and many
disappear into the background. The main character, Macbeth (MB for short),
travels through utter chaos when he proclaims himself monarch. When he first
meets the witches of the supernatural, they tell him of the future. One of the
themes amplified throughout the play is the circle of life, from the beginning
to the end. The visions provided by the three witches begin Macbeth's quest for
dominance. The three main effects of this theme are: the death of Macbeth's
friends and family. Second, the deaths of his mortal enemies. The last point is
the death of himself. The supernatural amplifies the theme of death. From the
first brief encounter of the witches, to the last nightmarish visions that

Macbeth has, many close friends and relatives have died because of his visions
with the supernatural. The death of his wife in Act V, Scene IV is the death
that sends him over the abyss and into mental instability. Lady Macbeth is like
a joined appendage to Macbeth. They work as one, communicate as one, and when
that appendage is lost, so is MB's grip with reality. Lady Macbeth was the only
person he could truly confide in. The supernatural also had another key factor
to her death. In the first act of the play, she calls on the powers of the
supernatural to make her strong. The following quote, "Come, you spirits
that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the
toe, top-full of direst cruelty! make thick my blood, stop up the access and
passage to remorse... Come to my woman's breasts, and take my milk for
gall...", is possibly the most important passage that leads to Lady

Macbeth's death. She calls on the evil spirits to "unsex" her, and to
replace her "milk" with "gall". It seems that she wants to
be the most cruelest being in the world. The theme of the life cycle is
amplified in this situation because of her request to the spirits. This event is
the beginning of the end for Lady Macbeth's life. She is the one who insists

Macbeth should kill the king and reign as the king of Scotland. It is her ideas
and plans that lead herself and Macbeth into the pits of hell. She is not solely
to blame for this catastrophe though. It is Macbeth that decides to go forward
with the plans. Throughout all the chaos in the remaining scenes of the play,
she is eventually killed by one of Malcolm's associates. Therefore, it is her
own foul play with the supernatural that leads to her death. This play shows how
one man can turn himself into a barbarian just by one simple vision. Throughout
this play, many of Macbeth's enemies, and traitors (Banquo) are killed by

Macbeth or his hired assassins. In the first vision provided by the witches,

Macbeth seems himself as king of Scotland, and Banquo's children future heirs to
the throne. When Macbeth finally kills King Duncan, the turning point has
vanished. There is no going back to the past and changing what has happened.

This event signals the gates of hell to unlatch the door that holds the chaos
that will torment Macbeth to his own death. This regicide happens all because to
path to what Macbeth thinks of freedom is open. After the Thane of Cawdor is
executed, MB believes that he can then crush his remaining enemies with one
swift stroke. This is not so, as Macbeth finds. After he commits regicide, he
realizes that he must kill all the enemies that oppose him, mainly Malcolm, the
king's heir to the throne. When Banquo sees through MB's falsehood, he then
turns traitor. When Macbeth realizes that one of his closest friends has become
his mortal enemy, he sees to it that Banquo is murdered. Once again, these
significant deaths on the timeline all happen because of the supernatural. The
visions from the three witches, and the summonings of evil from Lady Macbeth are
the two events that mainly lead to this path of destruction. The first paradox
from the witches serves to confuse the reader into thinking what will happen to

Banquo. Macbeth knows that he must become king of Scotland before Banquo or he
will not fulfill his prophecy. All these events lead up to end, the murder of

Macbeth himself. From the very beginning of the play, Macbeth sees himself as a
visionary, who can see into near future. Only after his wife is killed does he
suddenly loose grip