Macbeth Essay

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Macbeth is a play about a courageous hero (Macbeth), who allows his greedy desires take the best of him. Macbeth had a good life and was thought of as a hero until he hears about his prophecy from witches, Macbeth kills the King of Scotland (Duncan) to become king and he becomes a corrupt leader killing anyone and everyone who stands in his way. Macbeth is a play with many supernatural characters and supernatural events, it brings supernatural conflicts and this supports the idea that “unnatural deeds do breed unnatural troubles.” Macbeth starts off with unnatural characters. The dictionary defines unnatural as “contrary to the laws of nature.” In act 1 scene 1, the play is presented with three witches, this is the first clue that this play will be about the unnatural. The witches are talking about the future, they prove they are reliable. The witches show they know when the battle will end. The witches also say “fair is foul and foul is fair,” (1.1.12) this gives readers the idea that everything is not going to be what it seems in the play. In act 3, there is a scene talking about the witches having beards, this is an unnatural characteristic for women and shows how things are not what they seem. One critic, Schiffer says “the weird sisters’ beards point most directly to Lady Macbeth, especially her attempt to unsex herself, to destroy her feminine nature.” Both these things are unnatural. In Act 1, scene 5, Lady Macbeth is showing her unnatural wants. Lady Macbeth wanting to have her feminine traits taking away is supernatural like the witches having beards. Critic Francesco Aristide Ancona says Lady Macbeth expresses unnatural feminine traits, she isn’t like the typical woman, she is the powerful one in the relationship and he says she’s manipulative. He characterizes Macbeth as weak and says Lady Macbeth has a control over Macbeth. This is unnatural. There’s also an unnatural character of Banquo’s ghost. In act 3 scene 4, Banquo’s ghost appears as a...
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