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. The witches are thought to be evil characters; they have supernatural powers from the devil: What! Can the Devil speak true?
The three witches set the somber and evil tone of the plot. In Hamlet, Shakespeare also presented a supernatural occurrence close to the opening. The ghost of Hamlet's father presented itself to Hamlet with a chilling story. In both situations, the tragic hero was not sure whether the spirits were good or evil. The presentation of the supernatural began to lead to the final downfall of each of the characters.
In this play, Shakespeare communicates how Macbeth's destiny can be changed depending on how he deals with his predicted future, in other words, his fate versus his free will. Macbeth makes many foolish decisions throughout his life like believing evil and supernatural powers will help him, allowing the endless verbal assault by Lady Macbeth to control him, and allowing his own ignorance in his decisions to overtake him. These are the main contributing factors that lead to his eventual breakdown and death. There are several instances in the story which suggest that the Weird Sisters are to blame for Macbeth?s downfall. At the very beginning of the book, the witches meet Macbeth and right away fill his mind with desire for the throne by telling him he will be king.
The supernatural element incorporated into the play is used as an instigator, a mentor, as well as mediation for the actions of the protagonist that ultimately end in tragedy, with the loss of multiple lives, as well as suscept Hamlet’s soul to hell. Shakespeare’s portrayal of the ghostly apparition causes a reader to question whether the ghost is a demonic force on the basis of its diction, conduct towards others as well as Hamlet, and it’s motive to kill. The play starts out with the ghost, dressed in the late king’s war attire, walking past the guards on duty. One of the guards interprets the ghosts passage as being a bad omen of something horrendous to befall soon: “In what particular thought to work I know not,/ But in the gross and scope of mine opinion/ This bodes some strange eruption to our state.”(Shakespeare I.i). This clearly foreshadows a major tragedy since supernatural figures were associated with Satan and damnation during Shakespeare’s time.
Hamlet accidentally kills Polonius out of rage, then Ophelia dies after going mad due to the madness of Hamlet and the death of her father. Laretes comes home to find his father dead, later finding out his sister dead, then conspires a plot with Claudius to kill Hamlet. This dual ends in the deaths of Claudius, Larates, Gertrude, Hamlet, and later we find out that Rozencranz and Guildenstern have been killed. The death of King Hamlet began a chain reaction which inevitably leads to the downfall of the royal family of Denmark. The Devil has succeeded in its plan by skillfully choosing Hamlet to carry out its dirty work.
Macbeth acts upon the prophecies the witches give him and make him greedy for power. Hamlet feels obligated to follow the instructions of his father’s ghost. Hamlet and Macbeth both make choices that cause them to do evil and horrible things. They each end up killing a king. Macbeth seems to lose his morals because of the supernatural apparitions.
In act three scene 4 Banquo's ghost starts haunting Macbeth in the middle of a banquet after Macbeth has just recently ordered for the murder of Banquo and his son... ... middle of paper ... ...beth and that their evil doings are being carried out. The supernatural plays a key role in the shaping of events in the play as it brings out the evil of Lady Macbeth and using the powers of persuasion forces Macbeth to go against his will to commit murder. It is also far more interesting to have the involvement of witches in a play as it adds in an air of mystery and tenseness to the audience as it is something that scares them and Makes them remember the play well. Shakespeare has been very clever in his use of the witches as they appear at the right times and check that their evil is being carried out. This almost gives the impression that they are watching the story unfold and know everything about everyone involved and what they have done, or will be required to do again adding to the mysteries of the play.
When the play was written in 1600, people in those days believed in things like the witches and they also believed thought that the power and knowledge of the future came from the devil. All this shows why the witches influence Macbeth throughout the play and why are part of Macbeth's struggle between good and evil. The witches start of by giving the audience a clue to what the future holds for Macbeth. "When the battles lost and won," (Act 1, Scene 1) is said by the second witch. This says that every battle is lost by one side and won by another and so Macbeth's fate is that he will win the battle, but will lose his time of victory for the battle of his soul.
Shakespeare’s contemporaries believed in the supernatural very strongly and a majority of them were frightened of it, including the king of that time, King James I of England. Since it was an interesting issue which many people of Shakespeare’s time felt they were affected by, Shakespeare wrote about it. “Macbeth” with its supernatural theme was the 17th century’s equivalent to the modern day horror movie. The play begins with a supernatural scene, where the three witches meet and give many clues as to who they are or what they have control over, “…we three meet again in thunder, lighting or in rain?….When the battle’s lost and won….That will be ere the set of sun….There to meet with Macbeth.” This scene sets the atmosphere for the rest of the play. If this scene was not there it would be difficult for the audience to understand how later scenes are linked or how these three women can tell Macbeth’s future.
Shakespeare 's dramatic and compelling play Hamlet has been contorted into many different ways. There have been many takes on Shakespeare 's intent for the play Hamlet. Out of the three movie adaptations Gibson, Hawke, and Branagh; I believe that Branagh 's adaptation reflects Shakespeare 's true intent. This shows when The Mouse Trap, Ophelia goes mad, and when the play comes to its end. The scene the Mouse Trap clearly shows Hamlet trying to see if what the ghost said about what happened to him was true of not by seeing the reaction of the king as the play reenacts what the ghost told Hamlet.