Macbeth and the Supernatural
The supernatural plays a very large role in the downfall of Macbeth. The reasoning behind Macbeth feeling so confident is due to the paranormal. Macbeth is also frightened by the weird events. The witches, the apparitions, and the ghost of Banquo are elements in the supernatural feeling.
The witches are a huge contributor to the downfall of Macbeth. They use supernatural powers to fool him. They say things such as "hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!" and "All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king hereafter." These are merely cast aside by Macbeth because at the time the thane of Cawdor is alive and well. The witches later create apparitions that inflate Macbeth's head. The apparitions tell him that, "none of woman born shall harm Macbeth." and that, "Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him." These statements cause Macbeth to feel untouchable.
He thinks that if none of woman born shall harm him, then no one will harm him. He also knows that it is not possible for a forest to move so he believes that he shall never perish. The supernatural creations of the witches then brings Macbeth's spirits down by showing the kings, one of which is Banquo's ghost.
The ghost of Banquo during the banquet adds to Macbeth's downfall. During the banquet, Macbeth sees the ghost and goes into a fit. The guests at this feast begin to suspect something here.