The Supernatural In Macbeth

             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 to the eye. We see them again when they encounter Macbeth, except this time their roles are different. They not only spark interest into the audience, but they toy with Macbeth. They basically speak out loud all of Macbeth’s secret thoughts and prophesize him gaining the throne. As a result of this, Macbeth’s ambitious and murderous temptations are stronger than ever. 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 witches are therefore important to the play because they are the ones who created a problem in the first place through Macbeth. Their presence intrigues the audience yet again, except this time in a dark and...

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