The Man with a Horse Essays

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Macbeth Questions 1. The supernatural plays an important role in Macbeth. To what extent does it motivate Macbeths actions
In Macbeth, the supernatural is an essential part of the structure of the plot. It provides a substantial amount of action, and enhances the impact of many key scenes. The supernatural occurs four times during the course of Macbeth. It occurs in the form of the witches, in the form of Banquos ghost, in the apparitions with their prophecies, and in the dagger that guides Macbeth towards Duncan. The witches represent Macbeth's evil ambitions. They are the catalyst, which unleash Macbeth's evil aspirations. He wants to know the answers to his questions regardless of whether the consequence is violent and destructive. Once one of the witches prophecies came true, Macbeth went on to believe all that the witches said encouraging him to murder the great king of Scotland. 2. It is Duncan’s weakness as a king, rather than Macbeths ambition, that leads to Duncan’s murder
Duncan was overthrown due to Macbeth’s ambition and lust for power. King Duncan was a fair and well-loved king, and regardless of who was in power at the time, Macbeth would have surely carried out his reckless deed. The majority of residents in Scotland were content living under the rule of King Duncan. Duncan was aware of this, which prompted him to let his guard down and rule in a leisurely fashion. As any good king would, Duncan trusted the people in his country as they trusted him. Macbeth too, always loved the fair king however it was only coincidental, that Macbeth craved power while Duncan was on the throne. Duncan did not deserve to be overthrown, and this was a prime factor in the prominent guilt that Macbeth felt shortly after the murder. In fact, it may have been Macbeth’s flaws, which lead him to the murder of Duncan. Macbeth’s ability to be manipulated contributed largely to the false courage he gained in the murder of Duncan.

3. Macbeths state of mind deteriorates throughout the play, contributing to his failure. Do you agree?
Throughout the play,