Shakespeare's play Macbeth follows the tragic downfall of a great man. Macbeth was once thought of as ÃÂnobleÃÂ and ÃÂvaliantÃÂ but by the end of the play, a ÃÂdead butcherÃÂ. The murder of King Duncan marks the beginning of Macbeth's downfall. This is more a result of Macbeth's vaulting ambition than his belief in the supernatural. However, it is Macbeth's belief in the supernatural that makes him continue on the path to downfall and ultimately lose all his honourable qualities.
In Macbeth the witches symbolise the supernatural. The ÃÂweird sistersÃÂ evoke Macbeth's ambition; they know how Macbeth will react to their prophecies so they toy with him and deceive him by saying one thing but meaning another. The witches have no conscience; they cause mischief on purpose and enjoy it. The witches provide the foundation for Macbeth's downfall by telling him that he ÃÂshalt be king hereafter.ÃÂ When Macbeth hears the witches' prophecies, ÃÂhorrible imaginingsÃÂ are opened in his mind.
Unlike Banquo who dismisses the witches' prophecies, Macbeth contemplates regicide. The witches plant ÃÂthe seedÃÂ to Macbeth's downfall. He wants the witches to ÃÂstay, you imperfect speakers. Tell me more.ÃÂ This shows that Macbeth believes in the idea that he can be king, and that he perhaps has thought about regicide before.
Lady Macbeth is also a large contributing factor to the regicide. If Lady Macbeth was not behind Macbeth plotting the death of King Duncan and manipulating Macbeth into doing ÃÂThe deedÃÂ, none of the deaths would have occurred, therefore there would be no downfall for Macbeth. Macbeth believes that ÃÂif chance will have me king, why chance may crown me without my stirÃÂ, whereas after Lady Macbeth reads the letter Macbeth sends to her, without hesitation, she thinks of regicide. Lady Macbeth knows that Macbeth is ÃÂtoo full...