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In this essay I will be discussing the role of the supernatural in Macbeth. The discussion will include things like, how far does it influence the action of the play? How do the scenes augment the "supernatural" in the play?

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In this essay I will be discussing the role of the supernatural in Macbeth. The discussion will include things like, how far does it influence the action of the play? How do the scenes augment the "supernatural" in the play? The "supernatural" has a huge influence on the action of the play. So much in fact, that without it Shakespeare would have needed another reason why Macbeth killed King Duncan. People in the 1600's believed in the supernatural, he used these believes in Macbeth, as the main part of the story. The first and biggest piece of supernatural was the Witches scene in Act 1 scene 3. This plays an important part because it influences Macbeth so much. The Witches tell Macbeth that he is going to be the Thane of Cawdor and then he is going to be King. 2nd Witch: "All Hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor!" 3rd Witch: "All Hail, Macbeth! ...read more.


It is ironic that Macbeth turns into the traitor when he becomes thane of Cawdor. This irony could also be the "supernatural" because something has made him become a traitor. That thing is the prediction by the Witches and it is also something supernatural, so all the things of the supernatural are linked very deeply. Banquo's ghost appears in the banquet scene. This is very difficult to decide weather this is supernatural or not. Was Macbeth's mind playing a trick on him? Or was it because he was so guilty? Or was it something else something supernatural? Banquo and Macbeth saw the witches and they vanished before their eyes, therefore the ghost could have been supernatural. However, Macbeth is very guilty that he killed the King so it could also be that. Whether or not that part of the play is supernatural or not it is very likely the ghost is the supernatural when it appears with the witches. ...read more.


The beliefs in those times were so strong that people were killed if other people thought they had something to do with the supernatural. Therefore, when Shakespeare did put Supernatural things in Macbeth, it created an immediate atmosphere of fear and suspense. For example, at the start of the play it says; "A wild heath land. Thunder and Lightning. Enter three Witches." Even though this sentence was a stage direction it helps the play start with a scary, weird scene. However, the next scene is quite different it is a very different atmosphere, it is calm and peaceful. Then the full affect of the supernatural comes on in the next scene. By adding these peaces of calm it only heightens the supernatural scenes. Overall the supernatural plays a significant role in Macbeth, it is the key behind the murder of King Duncan and in my opinion it is what drove Lady Macbeth to madness. In my opinion, Macbeth wouldn't be able to kill King Duncan without the prediction or Lady Macbeth. Michael Arnold Page 1 26/04/2007 GCSE; Macbeth English Coursework-The role of the supernatural in Macbeth. ...read more.

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