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Is it the influence of the Supernatural Or Macbeths overriding ambition that Ultimately causes his downfall Macbeth was originally written for and performed in front of King James I in 1606 The King had an interest in witchcraft and believed that witches and magicians were agents of the devil and that the devil was permitted by god to work upon men as a punishment to the wicked and a temptation to test the faith of the virtuous Thus a man faced with Satans temptation would be faced with a choice and on that choice he would be judged Both Macbeth and Banquo are so tested in this play In this essay I am going to give my opinion as to what caused Macbeths downfall and how both ambition and the supernatural played their parts in doing this My belief is that Macbeths ambition was led by the supernatural and in the way that Macbeth interpreted the prophecies of the witches Macbeth is initially presented as a mature man of established character as a bold brave valiant man For brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name also O valiant cousin O worthy gentleman These two quotations give very strong first impressions to what the audience initially believes Macbeth to be like However this picture soon changes On meeting the witches Macbeth aligns himself with them linguistically by retelling their words So foul and fair a day I have not seen As the witches begin to speak with Macbeth it is very dramatic because again they have entered with a thunderstorm This represents disturbances in nature and therefore does not paint a picture of happiness and joy The witches prophecy told Macbeth of his fate That he would become Thane of Cawdor and then King and this brought his ambition to the forefront However Banquo was very disinterested in the witches and did not believe that they were completely
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