Deceiving Mischief

Savannah Wolff

The supernatural is the downfall of Macbeth

Despite Macbeth's actions and his wife, the supernatural is the real culprit for the events. When the supernatural like the prophecy began to mix into Macbeth's life, it open many doors especially the one to his deep desires. when the witches told of the prophecy and what could become of Macbeth that stroked his interest. When the first part of the prophecy comes true "Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor! The greatest is behind" (Shakespeare Act 1 Scene 3). Macbeth begins to believe that what it told would really come true which is when the door to his darkest thoughts open. The simple act of him becoming Thane of Cawdor showed him that the prophecy will come true. This gave him the confidence that he would get the life no one could dream of him having. Macbeth's personality changes as he believes he will rise above all and be king. The witches and the prophecy become like a blessing to him. Macbeth now believes no one can or should stand in his way of what he was promised. He was getting darker thoughts to where Macbeth was ready to almost murder if needed to get the desires that were put into his mind. The first obstacle to form in his path to becoming king is Malcolm "The prince of Cumberland! That is a step On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap....Which the eye fears when it is done to see" (Shakespeare Act 1 Scene 4). Macbeth knows he needs to kill Malcolm to become closer to his goal but can't bring himself to do it. This shows that Macbeth is having a internal battle with himself. One part of him wants to kill Malcolm and the king while the other side doesn't want to harm either. Though as always his thoughts go back to the supernatural ,the witches and prophecy, which slowly dissolve the peaceful and good side of him. The supernatural doesn't have a reason really for what they said to him only to get the amusement of messing with his mind and controlling him. The actions Macbeth takes were never out of his own heart or mind it was out of the sick fantasy that was created to fool him. Duncan's murder is the key that broke this fantasy as Macbeth began to see that things were falling a part. there was men who wanted to have revenge on him and others who just wanted him no longer as king. For more reassurance, Macbeth goes to see the witches where now with Hecate decide they have had enough fun with him and want to end his life. When Macbeth arrives they summon three apparitions to calm his nerves and off reassurances. The second apparition ,a bloody child, tells him he had nothing to fear "Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn The power of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth" (Shakespeare Act 4 Scene 1). Macbeth's biggest worry was of Macduff but the second appariton told since he was not naturally born then he could not harm Macbeth. this did not fully calm Macbeth but it did some what calm him about Macduff. Unknown to him though the supernatural had once again played him with no effort. When he left, Macbeth had sealed his fate and it was not kind. The supernatural fooled him to thinking he was to be king which darken his thoughts and clouded his mind of logical judgement. Macbeth became murderous and was ready to kill again when needed, so many fell for his sickly desire to be king. Duncan was the first followed by Banqou then Macduff's family and so many others. Macbeth died because he trusted a dark force that he should not have. The self confidence and promise of something like king enticed him to further explore what he had learn. His mind was warped and controlled by the dark force and left him as a empty shell to be controlled and manipulated till it was of no use. The supernatural is something of a mystery to a lot of people but they also know if they trust it it will be their downfall just like it was for Macbeth.
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Literacy Devices, Verbal Irony

When Macbeth goes to speak to the witches they call upon three apparitions. The second apparition uses verbal irony as they speak to Macbeth "“Macbeth shall never vanquished be until/Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill/ Shall come against him (Shakespeare Act 4 Scene 1). The verbal irony is used by saying that if Great Birnam Woods doesn't meet with Macbeth's castle he will not be vanquished though the witches know he will be. This is giving Macbeth false hope which shows that the opposite of what the apparition said will happen.
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Literary Devices, Imagery

In the beginning of the scene the captain is informing Malcolm that Macbeth came to the failing soldiers and is fighting against their enemies on battlefield and fighting fiercely. The captain is using imagery to describe this to Malcolm "For brave Macbeth. . .with his brandished steel, . . .carved out his passage/ Till he faced the slave; . . .Till he unseamed him from the nave to the chops/ And fixed his head upon our battlements” (Shakespeare Act 1 Scene 2). This device is being used as a way to tell Malcolm of the current status of the battle. This gives readers a chance to visualize themselves on what is happening in the play at the moment.
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Literary Device, Allusion

Ross, Duncan, Malcolm , and Lennox are discussing the status of the battle till Macbeth enters the picture and he is fighting off more than others are. Ross is comparing Macbeth to "Till that Bellona’s bridegroom, lapped in proof,"(Shakespeare act 1 Scene 2). Ross is describing Macbeth's bravery and Prowess to be like the goddess of war's husband meaning Macbeth is a killing machine in battle. This tells readers that Macbeth is a talented and valued warrior within the armies ranks.
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Novel Connection

The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton is a example of someone trusting the supernatural and it going very wrong. Mab Prowd the main character who practices dark magic. This represents Macbeth trusting the magic of the witches as Mab trusts the dark magic she leans. Mab plays around with her magic all the time till one last spell went totally wrong. he tried to reanimate a body only for it to enter her friend Will and start trying to kill him. This is she on when Will begins to get nightmares a the first step "thanks to a particularly intense nightmare that woke me up yelling and the low-grade fever that came with it, mom freaked out" (Gratton 234). Both Macbeth and Mab are facing the consequences of trusting magic. Macbeth died from his confidence with the witches while Will is suffering from Mab's dark magic. At the end of the book Will died and Mab never could bring herself to practice magic again. Macbeth trusted magic like her but lost his own life instead of a friend but both scenarios ended with death because of magic is a unpredictable and untrusting
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Piece of Art

The piece of art is a magic circle witches or the supernatural would use to cast spells or cursed upon those they hated. This symbolic to Macbeth because the supernatural or witches which ever were the reason for Macbeth's downfall meaning death. He trusted the witches which gave him a false sense of confidence then led to him dying from it. When Hecate learned of what the witches had done she decided it was time for him to die "As by strength of their illusion Shall draw him into his confusion"(Shakespeare Act 3 Scene 5). Hecate has had enough of him and plants for him to die from the illusions and false confidence of his next visit. The art below represents the magic and Hecate, the supernatural, and how it was his downfall.
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