Macbeth Natural/Unnatural Essay

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Throughout the play Macbeth, Shakespeare uses imagery of nature to depict what happens with the plot. Three witches tell Macbeth a prophecy, and he and his wife act to ensure the prophecy becomes reality. Their actions, however, violate nature in multiple ways, and the natural world reflects these violations. When Macbeth acts against his nature, he causes other unnatural and unwelcome phenomena to occur. The appearance of supernatural beings causes Macbeth to act against his nature. After the witches give Macbeth and Banquo the prophecy, Macbeth desires it to become a reality. He mentions that this prophecy causes both good and bad things. The prophecy itself predicts that Macbeth will become king, which both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth desire. On the other hand, the prophecy also makes Macbeth’s “heart” beat “against the use of nature” (I, iii, 149-50). His heart beats unnaturally; it beats not with the intention of nature in mind. Macbeth tells the audience that this “supernatural soliciting” causes his body to react unnaturally to it (I, iii, 143). An unnatural reaction to something should indicate that this something somehow contains negative repercussions. Banquo warns Macbeth about the witches’ prophecy, telling Macbeth that the witches often tell them “truths” or “honest trifles to betray [them]” (I, iii, 136-7). He says that the witches try to tell them truths to make them act wrongly, or against their nature, which will then backfire on them. He suggests that acting against one’s nature will have consequences. After Macbeth has his encounter with the “supernatural soliciting,” many instances occur in which something negative happens when someone or something acts against his nature. When Lady Macbeth hears about the prophecy and expresses her wish for it to be true, she tells her concern about Macbeth’s nature. She thinks that his nature “is too full o’
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