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The play 'Macbeth' is essentially about a battle between 'good' and 'evil' where the witches represent the 'evil' or 'supernatural'. It is a fast moving historical tragedy with images of evil, disaster, and tragedy all produced as a consequence of ambition. At the time that Shakespeare wrote the play (between 1603 and 1606), there was much fascination and intrigue with the supernatural and this play would have interested the audience a lot at the time and the theme of the supernatural would have kept them captivated. The play was supposedly written with King James the first in mind as it was written at the time that he was at the throne and he had also…show more content…
She makes an arrangement with the witches to meet them at the 'Pit of Acheron' (a river in hell) to tell Macbeth his destiny 'And at the Pit of Acheron - Meet me I'th'morning'. She feels Macbeth has become too confident and promises to use witchcraft to ruin him 'he shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear his hopes 'bove wisdom, grace, and fear'.
The supernatural is also embraced by Lady Macbeth when she calls upon evil spirits to aid her in killing Duncan. The speech includes a series of powerful images that are associated with the supernatural and evil 'And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell'. Alliteration is also used to emphasise important quotes 'you murd'ring ministers'. She also calls upon evil spirits to take make her a man and remove her feminine qualities so that she can be harder and more evil. She wants the powers of evil to stop the blood from flowing to her heart easily so that her passages will become blocked and she will not feel natural emotions 'make thick my blood'. She also feels that Macbeth is unable to kill Duncan because he is too feeble 'yet do I fear thy nature, it is too full o'th'milk of human kindess'. She desperately wants Macbeth to kill Duncan and she tries to persuade him to do it 'look like th'innocent flower but be the serpent under't.' In the speech,
Shakespeare's Use of the Supernatural in Macbeth Essay
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Shakespeare's Use of the Supernatural in Macbeth
When Shakespeare wrote Macbeth in the early 1600s the King of England was James I. James was king of Scotland too. He ruled in Scotland before coming king in England in 1603 as well. James was supposed to have descended from the real Banquo. Some people often think that Shakespeare wanted to flatter James I by writing this play by showing James that he was nothing like Macbeth. In Shakespeare's play Macbeth it has been discovered that Shakespeare did not create he play from scratch. He used history books such as Chronicles of England and Scotland and Ireland. The people in Macbeth are based on real people but the way they are portrayed to act in…show more content…
Sometimes, single old women with pet cats were accused of being witches and some were actually killed. So some people watching Macbeth in the 1600s would have been genuinely scared of the characters and happenings in the play.
The sense of supernatural encourages Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to be led into dangerous events. Macbeth's character completely changes from the valiant soldier to the wicked king. Lady Macbeth's character also changes from being a loving wife to madwoman. The use of supernatural also makes the play intriguing to the audience, and which also makes Macbeth an interesting play to study. The use of supernatural occurs at the beginning of the play, with three witches predicting the fate of Macbeth. "When the battles lost and won", indicates Macbeth's fate is that he will win the battle, but will lose for the war of his soul. This part also makes us intrigued to know more about the play.
In Shakespearean times people believed that the devil had the knowledge of the future. The witches are very demonic. Macbeth is good until he meets the witches; when they tell Macbeth their prophecies, Macbeth starts thinking about murder. The witches are old women in a group of three (which was thought to be a magical number) with beards, and no eyes. These features and the use of disturbing weather when the witches appear in the play make them