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The play "Macbeth" is renowned for its supernatural occurrences.

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Gareth J. Jeffrey Macbeth The play "Macbeth" is renowned for its supernatural occurrences. Shakespeare included supernatural occurrences in the play to impress King James I as he was fascinated in demonology especially witches. Shakespeare and his troupe of actors would want to favour with the King to become the 'king's men' Jacobean people were strong believers in witchcraft and demonology. At the time witches were believed to have the power to speak with the devil, communicate with the dead, make people fall ill by using spells and potions, kill people from a distance, fly though the air and make themselves invisible. Because of this the sight of witches on stage would fascinate people but it would also scare them at the same time. King James I was particularly fascinated by witchcraft as three witches known as the Berwick witches were trialled for worshiping the devil and making an attempt on the king's life. During the trial at Holyrood palace one of the three witches named Agnes Samson was referred to by the King as an "Extreme Lyar". ...read more.

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Another prediction of the witches was that Macbeth would not be killed by a man born of woman and that he will not be defeated till Birman wood comes to Dunsinain. This made Macbeth believe that he was invincible however as we find out in the end his killer was born by caesarean. The soldiers had cut down trees to use as an early type of camouflage. The three witches may not have even been witches, they could have been old hags telling Macbeth a tale even if it was in no way true. If this were true Macbeth was the one responsible for all of the tragedies throughout the play. Even though this could quite possibly be true, we do not take it as this, because of the description of them and the nature of the play. The witches' prophecies make Macbeth as well as destroy him. He takes the matter into his own hands to become king, which may not have happened if he had sat back and waited for it to happen. The witches may well have been real witches and the prophecies may well have been true but if Macbeth had never known of the prophecies he may not have been so ambitious to be king. ...read more.

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Banquo's reaction was very happy. He relaxed happily knowing his son would be king of Scotland. The Prophecy almost confused Macbeth as the thane of Cawdor was alive and a "prosperous gentlemen". When Macbeth found out he had been made thane of Cawdor his ambition became great. In this play Macbeth would have never had all the ambition and killed the king if it hadn't been for Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth can be likened to the witches many times throughout the play, for example Lady Macbeth, just like the witches, affects Macbeth's decision to kill Duncan. In act one scene 5, when Duncan is approaching the castle, Lady Macbeth's soliloquy speech shows us her demonic side. In her first sentence she states: "The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements", this shows us she has already planned to kill Duncan and is positive that Duncan will not be leaving. Lady Macbeth's speech links her to the witches, as throughout it she invokes demons. The play "Macbeth" is very perplexing, making you contemplate and left to wonder why these tragedies came about and whose fault it was. Could the prophecies have been self fulfilling? Or would the prophecies have come true even if Macbeth hadn't known about them. ...read more.

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