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Macbeth - The Supernatural

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Macbeth Essay The term supernatural in the dictionary is described as 'a phenomena that cannot be explained by the laws of nature of physics'. The term supernatural today can be connected with a lot of subjects; ghosts, poltergeist, mediums, physics and many more. In my own definitions supernatural means something that cannot be explained. The term supernatural in the 21st century has become more popular with the media about ghosts, psychics and making contact with the dead. Generally people are categorised today as believers and non-believers, the supernatural is an issue, which divides people. However in the time where James I was king almost everyone believed in the supernatural and this is why the issue of the supernatural was of an importance to contempory audiences. The majority of people that believed in the supernatural in Jacobean times were also frightened of it. People believed ion a metaphysical world, which is a spiritual world. ...read more.


The scene itself, for the audience, is also set it is on the moor and the audience would have recognised and associated this setting with bleakness and a place where dark spirits are. This scene also sets up the plot with the supernatural being present. Dramatic effects are used from the start of this scene which interest the audience, the witches use incantations to suggest control and power: "When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightening, or in rain?" The witches have control over the weather, the rhyme also sounds like spells, which supports the supernatural effect on the scene. The conversation between he witches is also started mid scene which adds to the dramatic effect of the scene: "Hover through the fog and filthy air" Is another quote which suggests the witches have the ability to fly but they are not clearly seen, this is hint that the witches my not seem to be all they are through the play. ...read more.


Rhyming couplets are also used; this gives the sound of an incantation. In this scene the witches are planning to meet Macbeth: "There to meet with Macbeth." As mentioned before they talk about the battle between good and evil and they seem to be predicting what will happen, however, you could think the witches are purposely putting the evil events in motion. This is a factor, which has to be taken into consideration when interpreting their characters. Their characters are also a symbolism of fate. In Act 1 Scene 3 the Witches meet Macbeth for the first time, they are important in this scene to do three things. The witches entertain the audience using their powers: "I'll give thee a wind," This, along with Act 1 Scene 1, again suggests the witches can control the weather. The witches also talk of a sailor's wife who refused to give her chestnuts and she will get revenge on the woman by victimizing her husband and delaying his arrival home: "Here I have a pilot's thumb, Wreck'd as homeward he did come." ...read more.

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