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This 10 page paper discusses the problematic nature of Macbeth's belief in the supernatural and the manipulation that occurs due to his superstitions. Quotes cited from text, examples given to support thesis. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Many have wondered whether Banquos ghost really did return to the banquet, or whether Macbeth really did see a dagger hanging in front of him. It is safe to assume,
however, that the story of Macbeth is the story of a man driven into madness by his own ambitions run amuck. The use of Macbeths unwavering belief in superstitions and
the supernatural prove to be problematic for him, thus making the supernatural the vehicle of his ultimate demise. When the play opens up, Macbeth is
actually a war hero. He is established to be, more or less, a good man, though he seems to be easily swayed by the supernatural. Perhaps he is quite the
superstitious person, and in later Acts a good case could be made for paranoid schizophrenia. However, in the first Act, Macbeth still has his mind intact.
Act Two is a different matter all together. After Macbeth has listened to the Wyrd sisters, relays the information to his wife, and decides to murder the rightful king of
Scotland, then a course of events begins that ultimately leads to the destruction of his mind. The first inclination that Macbeth is beginning to lose his mind is when he
begins to see things. Macbeth imagines that he sees a bloody dagger floating before him. This serves to show the state of mind, and
foreshadows the fact that he is slowly losing his grip on reality. The voice that Macbeth hears not only serves to foreshadow the fact that from there on out, he
never sleeps, but to also reinforce the state of a mind slowly losing its compass. "Macbeth shall sleep no more"(Act II, scii, li 56). Act