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How Does Shakespeare Portray The Supernatural in Macbeth?

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Introduction

Macbeth How Does Shakespeare Portray The Supernatural in Macbeth? The supernatural plays a considerable part in Shakespeare's "Macbeth". "Macbeth" is one o the well admired historical tragedies by William Shakespeare. It is believed to be written in the reign of James 1, Elizabethan times. At that, particular time suspected witches were greatly concerned. The play is about the rise and fall of the Scottish king Macbeth who ruled Scotland between 1040 - 57AD. Macbeth and his wife are seen by those who watch the play as evil partners, ruthless murderers who began as a normal couple but who took the wrong track led by their evil thoughts. Throughout the play, the audience is never sure exactly how far the witches' control lasts. For example, what were the witches doing? In addition, from where did the dagger and Lady Macbeth spot come from? Here Shakespeare is suggesting that a mere mortal mind cannot comprehend the awesome evil transpiring before them. ...read more.

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When the witches see Macbeth the second time they show him three more prophecies from three apparitions that they summon0 They tell Macbeth that he should be aware of Macduff; he would not be beaten until Birnam Woods move to Dunstane, also that any man born from a mothers womb will not kill him. These fill Macbeth with confidence, and trick Macbeth to have more trust in the witches as he has been told what he wants to hear. Banquo became suspicious of the death of Duncan. Macbeth realises that Banquo heard the witches' three prophecies. Macbeth doesn't like his suspicion so he arranges for him and his son Fleance to be killed. Macbeth wants Fleance murdered because the witches have told him that he was the future king. Unfortunately for Macbeth, there was a mistake in the killings of his son. Although the killing of Banquo was successful and very brutal. Lady Macbeth uses her apparent power over her husband to persuade him to kill Duncan. ...read more.

Conclusion

His guilt made him want to make sure nobody found out and he even kills his best friend Banquo. The witches language includes rhyming couplets, which contradict each other and are very powerful. "Fair is foul and foul is fair: hover through the fog and filthy air" This quote tells us the reader about the witches' hatred for all good things and their love for evil. Shakespeare adds rhyme and rhythm to the witches' language to emphasise their evilness. The quote adds to their image of being witches and would have created tension among Elizabethan audiences. In Act 4 Scene 1 Macbeth enters with confidence, "How now you secret black and midnight hags!" He is returning to the witches on his own accord for the first time, which could show he's dependant on them, and his self assuring entrance is just concealing the fact that he'd been thinking about them and he felt the need to return. In the previous act, Macbeth had become increasingly spiteful, and his language was pervaded with devilish animal to voice his anger. "We have scorched the snake, O full of scorpions is my mind" Hannah Brady ...read more.

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