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The supernatural aspects of Macbeth

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Macbeth Coursework In my essay I am going to be writing about the Supernatural aspects of "Macbeth". I will be referring closely to Act 1 Scene 3, Act 1 Scene 5 and Act 4 Scene 1. In Shakespeare's day people were obsessed with witchcraft. Shakespeare added supernatural elements to the play to grab the audience's attention right from the beginning. This includes opening (Act 1 Scene 1) "Macbeth" with three witches, with immediately establishes the influence of the supernatural. They are discussing where they will meet Macbeth to tell him his future. In Act 1 Scene 3, the three witches are talking about the death of a sea captain, whilst waiting for Macbeth. Macbeth arrives with Banquo, and each of the three witches has something different to tell Macbeth. ...read more.

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She says; "Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty! Make thick my blood; stop up the access and passage to remorse", when she says "unsex me here", she is asking the spirits to take away her femininity because she wants to have the strength of a man. She also says "Stop up the access and passage to remorse" which means she is asking the spirits to take away the emotion "guilt" so that she cannot feel bad about what she has done or have doubts. A Shakespearean audience would find this part of the play very shocking because this was probably the part of The Supernatural that they knew least about. ...read more.

Conclusion

The third apparition is a child crowned with a tree in his hand; this tells Macbeth that he is safe until Birnham Wood moves to Dunsinane. The fourth and last apparition, is a show of eight kings, the last with a glass in his hand; Banquo following. This shows Macbeth that Banquo's descendants will be crowned king. This means that the witches were right because it comes true at the end of the play. On a modern stage, Macbeth would be shown with a lot of electrical sound effects, lighting, smoke machine ECT. But in the Shakespearean day, there wasn't anything like that so people would have to create their own sound effects, and have to wait until a certain time of day to set the scene. In conclusion, there are many supernatural aspects to "Macbeth". This leaves the audience is left confused whether the Supernatural is real or not and have to make up their own minds. ...read more.

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