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In Macbeth, different supernatural phenomenon occur including: three witches, apparitions, and hallucinations. Each of these phenomenon have a role in Macbeth. The witches were the reason for this whole play and their predictions had caused Macbeth to kill King Duncan. The apparitions had the role of trying to warn Macbeth of his future. The hallucinations played the role of Macbeth's subconscious. The supernatural seems unrealistic but it the reason for the plot of this play.
The supernatural role of the witches in Macbeth is they represent Macbeth's past, present, and future. When he first meets them, they tell him that he will become the Thane of Cawdor and become the king of Scotland and following that he is told that he is the Thane of Cawdor. They lead him to do things that he would not thought of doing on his own. The witches gave him the idea of becoming the king of Scotland, and with the convincing made by his Lady, Macbeth killed King Duncan to become the king of Scotland. He went on to have Banquo and his son killed so that Banquo's lineage could not continue. The witches were the reason the play took place.
The apparitions were seen during another gathering with Macbeth and the witches. These apparitions play the role of warning to Macbeth about his future. There are three apparitions: an armed head, a bloody child, and a crowned child holding a tree. These apparitions tell of Macbeth's downfall and how he will loose the throne forever. The armed head is Macbeth's own and it represents beware of Macduff; the bloody child tells him that no man born of a woman can do him harm; and the last apparition of a crowned child holding a tree tells him that he is invincible as long as Birnam Wood does not move. (Billard)

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...hen Lady Macbeth and Macbeth would not have cooked up the idea of killing King Duncan. He would have also not gone paranoid that his friend would steal his throne and killed him. The apparitions had the role of warning Macbeth of his future and furthermore his downfall. The hallucinations gave the audience a taste of his inner feelings and subconscious and how insane he was. Most of the events that were predicted to happen would have eventually happened with out the schemes of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

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