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Discuss the importance of the witches and Supernatural to 'Macbeth'

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Discuss the importance of the witches and Supernatural to 'Macbeth' During the 19thC the role of witches in Elizabethan society was important. They were important because the Elizabethans were very religious and superstitious. Witches were always part of anything evil and bad, suspected witches were tortured until they gave in and said they were witches. Any women who were suspected were checked over for devil marks. Shakespeare uses the witches to emphasise the battle between good and evil and the turning of Macbeth. They are a vital role in the play because they have supernatural powers and cast spells which tempt people like Macbeth. Act I, 1 is a gift for dramatic effect and supernatural importance because we as an audience see the witches for the first time, it is set in an open place with fog, lightning and thunder which to an Elizabethan audience would be a scary and a supernatural setting. The three witches who are Satan's servants was a high risk Shakespeare used because anyone who were Christians hated the supernatural but it drew the audience in. This scene is dramatic because the atmosphere is 'scary' and it involves a direct link devil worship. ...read more.

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The manifestation of the dagger has driven Macbeth further into killing Duncan. We see how evil is engulfing Macbeth piece by piece. By this, I mean that Macbeth is growing more and more evil. Without realizing it, Macbeth has become a pawn in the witches' hand. What Macbeth doesn't realize is that as you kill one person, you will have to kill others more to cover up for what you have done. "Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going" This quote tells us that the dagger is pointing toward the direction of Duncan. This tells us that the dagger is hypnotizing or tempting him to kill Duncan. The conflict of good and evil is still on. The turmoil Macbeth is facing in his mind is tremendous. Usually, this kind of turmoil can cause a person to have a nervous breakdown. By this, I mean that we can empathize with him. His wife is tormenting him to do it, Duncan is a close friend to him, and the witches confuse the matter to him. But the thought of being king is in his mind. The only problem is that Macbeth wants to become king in a way where there is no killing. ...read more.

Conclusion

answer me to what I ask you". The witches give Macbeth an answer that the action that they carry out is an action with no name, which could be seen as an exploit that is too evil to be shared with anyone else. Macbeth asks for answers and the witches offer Macbeth to hear it from their masters. One by one the apparitions enter. They give him insights into the future and offer him three warnings. The first apparition is the head of Macbeth, which will later be cut off, there is a bloody child, who is Macduff when he was ripped out of his mother and the last is a crowned child who is Malcolm. These apparitions made Macbeth worried because of Malcolm, and because he now knows that his head will be cut off and he will soon die. He is very bigheaded thinking that no one could kill him. However Lady Macbeth is in the state of guilt and madness and kills herself after admitting to the crime. In conclusion I find that the witches and the supernatural in Macbeth are very important because if it was not for the witches he would never had the idea that he can be king. And if it weren't for the supernatural and his wife he would never have betrayed Scotland and killed Duncan. ...read more.

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