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How Did Shakespeare Make The Witches Seem Supernatural?

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´╗┐HOW DID SHAKESPEARE MAKE THE WITCHES SEEM SUPERNATURAL? ? COMMENTARY? Macbeth is a tragedy written in the early seventeenth century (Elizabethan times). Shakespeare attracted the audiences' attention through a complex and multi layered structured play. In particular, Shakespeare made this scene very supernatural adding in his combined imagery of violence, darkness and evil. Notably, this scene sets the atmosphere for the rest of the play. Likewise, If this scene would not have been included in Shakespeare?s play, it would have been difficult for the audience to have understood how later scenes are linked or how these three horrid women (witches) can tell Macbeth?s future. Also if these particular elements of this scene were not there (horror and evil) there would have been no connection to the audience what so ever, as mentioned previously, this scene is the starting point, the roots of Macbeth. These characteristics used in the scene for the characters are later to be used to explain the cause of the three witches? as well as their behavior further on in the play. ...read more.


In the same way, Macbeth and Banquo describe them as inhabitants of the Earth as well as calling them men in a way. A quote to back up my points is ?you should be women, and yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so.? This quote suggests that the witches look very very ugly and have a horrendous outfit as said by Banquo ?so withered, and so wild in their attire.? This gives a very displeasing image if the play were to be seen, even to the audience watching the play; they would try to close their eyes for a second to picture how the witches would look like. ?Beards? and so ?wild? in their attire, makes us believe that the witches are very untidy, unorganized and very unhygienic as shown by the quotes. In the same way, I think that Shakespeare had done this to give a disgustingly ugly visual and physical appearance to the witches to give that scary effect and atmosphere to add up to the performance. ...read more.


On the whole, I think that this scene has a lot of main factors that control the audience?s thoughts, feelings and expressions towards the play. In particular, this heightens the tension and the suspense for the audience. One of the main factors contributing to the play's success is that Shakespeare understood the way the audiences' mind worked and what exactly excited their imagination. Superstition and belief in supernatural forces and entities such as witches, ghosts and fairies were quite rampant in Elizabethan England/times. Shakespeare took this fact to his advantage by introducing an element of supernatural in his plays. Thankfully he had used lots for characterizing the witches in this scene and giving a better understanding on who they were and what their role was. In addition, all of the points stated, I think that the most important one that helped characterize the witches and make them seem supernatural was the way they spoke and what they wore, because this was one of the main factors for making the audience think about the witches visually and physically. Milan Dragacevic 8A Mrs.Walby Decreased successfully from 1295 to 1079 which equals to 220 unnecessary words removed? ...read more.

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