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Macbeth, Unnatural Deeds & Unnatural Troubles.

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The forces of "unnatural" are present throughout the play. Even from the setting and content of the first scene, the audience can see and sense the supernatural theme that will prevail throughout the play. In Macbeth I think that the witches are one of the main unnatural troubles. This is indicated from the very first scene where the witches are alone in "a desolate place". This gives a feeling of empty, barren, isolation and abandonment. This could be a ploy used by Shakespeare to describe old women of that era who were often accused of being witches. If they were accused, they would be outcast or even exiled from society. ...read more.


In this speech Shakespeare tries to use sibilant words to make Lady Macbeth sound more sinister and evil. For example, when she says "sightless substances". I think that he also uses oxymorons to surprise the audience, because in each example used in the oxymoron he goes to the extreme opposite of the other. "Come to my woman's breasts and take my milk for gall" is an example of this because her milk would be to help a baby live but instead she wants to be filled with poison, so if she did feed her baby, it would die. The sub-text seems to be an oxymoron as well because a Baby is the beginning of life but a poison is usually used to end a life. ...read more.


Mainly because horses are not usually renowned for hurting each other. And horses don't eat meat so it is unnatural for them to even eat anything, which was once a living animal. In Macbeth, the unnatural deeds are described differently from the general speech of the book. Shakespeare seems to use Oxymorons, Metaphors or other Descriptive methods to describe them. Shakespeare uses phantasmagorial images to show how Macbeth progresses to get more and more evil but he also gets more and more mentally unstable. He shows this by only, only letting Macbeth see a 'Dagger' in his first hallucination, but he then lets Macbeth see Banquo's ghost. It is obvious to me by Macbeth's reaction, that he is scared and shows anger to hide it. ...read more.

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