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Discuss the influence of the supernatural on the atmosphere, events and characters in Macbeth

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Discuss the influence of the supernatural on the atmosphere, events and characters in Macbeth In Macbeth, the supernatural have many influences on the atmosphere, events and characters. The most influential types of supernatural beings in Macbeth are the three witches. The three witches create an atmosphere of evil and misery, they play a major part in the events which occur and they have the ability to twist the faith of characters just by interacting with them. We first get to meet the witches right at the beginning of the play, in Act 1 Scene 1, this gives us the idea that the witches are very significant. The three witches meet together in what is described as a 'desolate place', and meet in the climate of 'thunder and lightning'. The witches meet each other in such a miserable atmosphere, this catches the audience's attention and sets the mood of the play. To Shakespeare's audience, moor would have seemed a wild, lonely and frightening place- especially in foul weather. The three witches all speak in tandems with each other, the rhythm and rhyme of the witches' lines sound as if they are chanting a spell. The witches all speak in contradictions, 'when the battles lost and won', 'fair is foul and foul is fair'. The line 'fair is foul and foul is fair' is very important. ...read more.

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The thought of what it might bring paralysis him (lines 139-141), although it then occurs to him that chance may make him king without him having to do anything, Banquo again says that Macbeth is 'rapt' and comments that Macbeth with his new title, is like a man wearing strange garments which will only fit comfortably within time. The witch's timing of meeting Macbeth is very interesting. One of the witch's predictions was that Macbeth shall become Thane of Cawdor. The prediction came true in hardly anytime, so it ensured Macbeth that the witch's other two predictions us also be true. It is also interesting noticing how the witches only told Macbeth small descriptions of his future. The witch's didn't tell Macbeth the full story of how he would become king and how Banquo shall be the father f many kings to come. Maybe the witches did this because they knew that Macbeth's curiosity with his lust for power maybe his greatest downfall. Lady Macbeth is a character which reminds the audience of the witches, although in actual fact Lady Macbeth is human. Lady Macbeth and the three witches where the main influence on Macbeth and probably were the reason why Macbeth decided to kill the king. ...read more.

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This spirit tells Macbeth he cannot be defeated until Birnam wood comes to Dunsinane. Macbeth thinks this will never happen - but, of course, it does. Macbeth now wants to know whether Banquo's descendants will rule Scotland. The witches try to stop him asking, but now Macbeth is confident enough to threaten them with a curse, "an eternal curse fall on you". This shows Macbeths ignorance once he has become king. The witches show him a vision of eight kings, followed by Banquo's ghost. The last king holds a mirror, or crystal ball, showing even more kings. Macbeth is appalled to hear this, "What! Will the line stretch out to the crack of doom?" The witches pretend to be puzzled by Macbeth's surprise and horror. In Macbeth, the supernatural have many influences on the atmosphere, events and characters. The supernatural was an ongoing theme in Macbeth, mainly in the form of the three witches and there apparitions. The three witches influence the type of language a character uses, and can easily change a character's state of mind. The witches always meet each other in the most miserable of atmospheres, in a desolate place and when there is thunder. The events which occur in Macbeth are all because of the influence of the three witches on Macbeth, if Macbeth didn't meet the witches he will never have tried to kill King Duncan ?? ?? ?? ?? MACBETH COURSWORK BY SADIQ HASHMI ...read more.

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