The Supernatural In Macbeth

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The Importance Of The Supernatural In Macbeth In Macbeth, the supernatural plays a large role in spawning an atmosphere of evil, foreshadowing future events, and defying earthly laws so that the play itself is not within the realm of what we know as common knowledge. The 3 manipulative witches, the prophetic apparitions, the dagger that appears before Macbeth, the ghost of Banquo, and the unearthly punishments which torture both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth are all perfect examples of how the supernatural plays an important role. These elements are key not only to the plot but also in describing the intensity of a situation as well as invoking fear, horror, mystery, evil, and even a hint of death to the viewer. Dealing with the first supernatural element in the play leads us to the witches. They make their appearance in the very first scene where you witness them prophesizing and declaring that there is going to be blood shed, and one force will rise to be the victor. The witches’ roles in the beginning are to grab attention, stimulate the audience, create an evil atmosphere so the audience is scared, and to foreshadow what is going to happen. The scenery is also in a thunderstorm yet again making the entire scene compelling Continue...


Some say, the earth was feverish and did shake (2. Shakespeare is trying to tell us how everything in a balanced nature is upset by murder. In conclusion, setting atmosphere, invoking emotion in a viewer, making the literary work interesting, describing level of intensity, describing emotion, all of this is tied in with the supernatural. He seeks out the witches to find out his future so that he can be sure that his evil murder of Duncan is kept secret, and that he will reign for the rest of his days. 55-56), "On Tuesday last, a flacon tow'ring in her pride of place was by a mousing owl hawk'd at and kill'd (2. Similar to the supernatural in the earth, the animal sides of supernatural tell the audience worse things are to come, for Macbeth and citizens of Scotland. As a result of this, Macbeth's ambitious and murderous temptations are stronger than ever. This hallucination is completely guilt induced, and when Macbeth sees his dear friend that he condemned to death, he is basically in another world. From his actions and from the way that he was morally weak enough to let witches manipulate him, we see the downfall of a great man. The dagger is introduced when Macbeth is struggling with himself to murder Duncan.