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Macbeth Essay. The theme of the natural world vs the supernatural world is a major aspect that is conveyed regularly throughout Macbeth.

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Macbeth Practise Essay William Shakespeare's tragedy 'Macbeth' explores the natural and unnatural worlds of Scotland, conveying that ultimately, the two cannot co-exist. Discuss the ways Shakespeare presents the notion stated above through his dramatic/theatrical techniques. The play 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare is known as one of the Four Great Tragedies of Shakespeare and thus follows the rules from Aristotle's definition of 'tragedy'. This means that the protagonist of a high rank who is essentially good, plummets because of a fatal flaw and causes consequences for everyone and this is shown in Macbeth. The natural world of Medieval Scotland, where dutiful themes pay homage to monarchical Kings, comes close to destruction as unnatural acts of regicidal Macbeths ('spurred' on by witches and apparitions) brings about tragic consequences. These themes are conveyed through the use of dramatic techniques throughout the play. The theme of the natural world vs the supernatural world is a major aspect that is conveyed regularly throughout Macbeth. The natural world of Scotland in Macbeth is established as the monarchy (King Duncan) who is contrasted to the witches scenes on heath. The concept of the 'chain of being' was believed that all life forms that god created are ranked in a divinely planned hierarchy. ...read more.


The natural and supernatural realms further conflict after the regicide of King Duncan. After the natural world is disturbed by the murder of Duncan, the chaos is reflected wildly though nature. Quote from Lennox in Act 2 Scene 3 "The nights have been unruly...Our chimneys were blown off...strange screams of death...some say the earth was feverous and did shake". Another quote in Act 2 Scene 4 from Old Man "Tis unnatural, even like the deed that's done. On Tuesday last, a falcon tow'ring in her pride of place was by a mousing owl hawk'd at and kill'd". This describes the unnatural happenings right after the regicide of King Duncan and reflects the chaos from the conflict of natural vs supernatural. This example conveys that the natural order and the unnatural realm cannot co-exist and brings chaos from the conflicts between the two. Initially, Macbeth is depicted as a valiant brave general who defends his king and country in battle and gains the trust of the monarchy, King Duncan, however, because of the supernatural events have occurred and along with his major weakness, his ambition, causes him to become so consumed for power that he becomes a tyrannical violent monster who ultimately destroys himself. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth quotes in Act 1 Scene 7 "I have given suck and know how tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums and dash'd the brains out, hand I so sworn as you have done to this". Her ambition and selfish desire to become queen has resulted in her unnaturalness and gives her masculine qualities. Because of this and the continuation of the regicide, her large amount of guilt drives her into madness and despair which leads to her death. This unnatural act brings about her destruction and conflicts with the natural world. In conclusion, it can be seen from these events that the supernatural world cannot co-exist with the natural world as only conflict would arise from it. Evidence of the alterations of the natural world is the regicide and different unnatural events lead up to this act of evil. Because of this gruesome task, nature is altered and a number of supernatural occurrences happen to reflect the disturbance. As a result, tragic consequences occur for the Macbeths and it also affects everyone. Despite Macbeth being ranked last and shortest out of the Shakespeare's four great tragedies, it still remains as one of his great works showing the effects of ambition and teaching a moral lesson to the audience. ...read more.

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