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The Supernatural in Macbeth.

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The Supernatural in Macbeth Supernatural happenings are out of the ordinary and unexplainable in the natural world, for example ghosts and witches which both play an important part in Macbeth. In Shakespeare's day, many people believed in witches and prophecies. It was said that supernatural happenings were from the devil and some people even got killed because they were said to be evil. Shakespeare's play Macbeth has many mysteries and actions that were thought to be supernatural, which could be either supernatural or real. I am going to write about the different supernatural happenings in Macbeth, each of them leading Macbeth to act sinfully. The supernatural starts the play as the audience are presented with the three witches. Macbeth is told through them what his future is and it immediately gives him evil thoughts: My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man that function (Act one Scene three, lines 139-140) The witches could have put the idea in Macbeths head that he could become king, making him murder or they could have cast a spell on Macbeth making him do terrible things. ...read more.


This is where it turns for Macbeth as people have started to realise that Macbeth is the murderer and in the end he has to fight alone. The evil has misled him and these apparitions made Macbeth so confident, that he has blocked out the possibility that something could go wrong or be interpreted differently. Macbeth then asks the witches if Banquo's descendants will be kings, then he was shown eight kings with Banquo following. Through the play the audience watch as Macbeth is led by the supernatural. At first he meets the witches and when all their prophecies about him come true, he becomes more interested in supernatural happenings. As Macbeth becomes more interested he starts to not notice the natural world around him and before he can stop himself, he falls into the temptation of evil. Macbeth goes on to believe more of the witches prophecies and as he does this, he sees more of the supernatural, for example Banquo's ghost. The witches are very important in the play and without them, Macbeth may not have killed Duncan and become king. ...read more.


When an old man meets Ross and they are outside the castle, they discuss the unnatural events of the nights before. For example Duncan's horses eating each other and: A falcon towering in her pride of place Was by a mousing owl hawked at, and killed. (Act two Scene four, lines 12-13) Evil is like a disease, while Scotland is under Macbeth's rule it is spread and strange things happen: The water of my land, find her disease, And purge it to a sound and pristine health (Act five Scene three, lines 51-52) It's almost as if there is a curse over Scotland: ...: by th' clock, 'tis day, And yet dark night strangles the travelling lamp. (Act two Scene four, lines 6-7) The supernatural in Macbeth affects everyone and without it Macbeth may not have committed any of the deeds he did. I think Shakespeare wrote the play with supernatural happenings to make it magical and imaginative. The supernatural links each event up as it is the supernatural that first gives Macbeth the evil thoughts of murder and then his final decision is made by supernatural happenings, for example the witches telling Macbeth he will one day be king and then the dagger before Macbeth to kill Duncan. 2 1 ...read more.

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