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Discuss how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are effected by the supernatural.

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The Supernatural Discuss how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are effected by the supernatural. Throughout the play Macbeth, there are instances were Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are effected, and in consequence influenced or disturbed by the presence of the supernatural. During the play, the influence of the supernatural can be expressed in instances were unnatural events took place, e.g. When Duncan's horses attacked and ate each other. In Shakespeare's time, people believed that a crime against the king was a crime against god. In the event of such a crime, it was believed that natural order would be disturbed, this idea may have influenced the aspect of the supernatural during the play. The presence of witches and witchcraft in the play, may also have encouraged the idea of the supernatural. The short scene at the beginning of the play, which shows the three witches muttering and mentioning Macbeth by name, indicates an eerie and supernatural atmosphere: "Fair is foul and foul is fair" and "Here to meet with Macbeth". The fact that the witches mention Macbeth by name, indicates that he is going to be involved in something which may not be considered normal or safe. ...read more.

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This is an example of Macbeth's involvement in the supernatural, as it shows Hecate and her plans for Macbeth, which would effect him in a bad and supernatural way. The aspect of the supernatural is continued throughout the play, especially in Act4 Scene1, were the witches chant a spell and prepare to meet with Macbeth: "..but why stands Macbeth thus amazedly? Come, sisters, cheer we up his spirits, and show the best of our delights". This is an example of Macbeth's involvement in the supernatural and witchcraft, which by most people would be considered neither safe or normal. As a result of his involvement with the supernatural, it is clear that Macbeth will be effected in the long run. Another example of the effect on Macbeth by the supernatural is also in Act4 Scene1, were the witches greet Macbeth with an additional 3 more apparitions: "Macbeth, Macbeth, Macbeth: beware Macduff, Beware the Thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough." This shows the witches giving Macbeth the first apparition, it also gives an example of how deep Macbeth's involvement with the witches is. The three apparitions are also examples of how effected Macbeth is by the supernatural in this part of the play. He begins to ask questions about his future: "I will be satisfied. ...read more.

Conclusion

In conclusion, during the play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are effected by the supernatural in many different ways. The introduction of the witches and their predictions early on in the play, express the aspect of the supernatural and the given effect on which it has on Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth's response to the witches throughout the play, also introduces the idea of the supernatural and how it effects Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Another example of the supernatural, is were Lady Macbeth appeals to the forces of darkness to assist her in her plans to persuade her husband to kill Duncan. This shows how the supernatural can be expressed in different ways, and also expresses the influence of the supernatural, both on Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The other main aspects of the play, in were the supernatural is expressed is mainly in scenes where the witches have been p[resent, and the prophecies have come true. This shows that the supernatural cane have different effects 0n Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and can influence the characters and their decisions in many different ways. Overall, throughout the play, there are instances were the supernatural plays an influential and important part both in the characters and the play. By Jenny Grindley 9,6 ...read more.

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