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come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe topfull of direst cruelty; (Act 1 Scene5) In her speech, lady Macbeth calls on evil spirits for assistance. Write about S

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"...come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe topfull of direst cruelty;" (Act 1 Scene5) In her speech, lady Macbeth calls on evil spirits for assistance. Write about Shakespeare's use of the Supernatural in Macbeth. Relate this particularly to the plot, characters and the language used. Displays of supernatural activities were used throughout Macbeth, and evidence of this was brought out in the appearances of the three Witches. In Shakespeare's time, special effects were not used. Therefore, the dramatic performances and the suspenseful scenes were the fundamental qualities to making a good play. Shakespeare used the element of the unknown to stir up fear in the minds of his audience. By allowing the Witches to see into the future, it made Macbeth more suspenseful. With their prophecies about Macbeth's future, they intrigue the audience to see if they are correct. The Witches were a symbol of evil, and Shakespeare uses this fear of the devil to give his plays an additional eerie and haunting effect. Shakespeare also used an evil character that can easily influence the main character in his stories, in this case, it was Lady Macbeth. ...read more.

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Also, it is not only Macbeth who was given this, "supernatural soliciting". The witches also predicted Banquo's future, "Thou shalt get Kings, though thou be none" (Act 1 Scene 1) Banquo is told that he will not become a King but he shall be the father of many Kings. This is a problem for Macbeth because the only way Banquo's children will become Kings is if the present King, Macbeth, dies and so Macbeth fears being murdered and being discovered to have murdered King Duncan. So he has Banquo murdered and on the same night invites him to a feast. Macbeth obviously does not expect Banquo to attend, but Banquo does attend as a ghost, and through the supernatural Shakespeare shows Macbeth's fear and guilt. Macbeth is about to sit down at his table with his wife and some nobles when he sees no space for himself, although there is, but according to him a figure seems to be already sitting there, which we later discover, is the ghost of Banquo. Macbeth declares, "What treachery is this, which of you have done this" (Act 3 Scene 4), his fellows are confused and some are apprehensive and begin to link King Duncan's death with Macbeth. ...read more.

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This is the third and final apparition which was given to Macbeth by the witches. This apparition has also come true. The little child with a crown on his head in the apparition is meant to be Malcom once he has been crowned the rightful King of Scotland. The significance of the tree which was held by the child in the apparition is, "Great Birnam Wood", where Malcom hid his army in the days following up to the final battle. At the start of the play Macbeth is portrayed as a tactful and intelligent soldier but in his final battle he uses none of these skills. The reason for this is that the evil supernatural has made Macbeth lose these Virtues. The supernatural theme is a very important one in, "Macbeth". Otherwise the play could not have been concluded to its fullest extent, and Macbeth could not be vanquished as ironically as he was when, Great Birnam Wood moved! Macbeth caused his own destruction when he relied on the supernatural. As the play follows a man to his complete destruction and loss of integrity the supernatural is very crucial as it is the reason behind, Macbeth's destruction. ?? ?? ?? ?? Zeshan Javed GCSE English Language/Literature Coursework - 1 - ...read more.

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