Also the visual effects of the dagger, the apparitions and Banquo's ghost help people to understand what the character is feeling and why they are acting the way they are. Seeing the supernatural in a play shows how realistic it can be and also how powerful the supernatural really is. I think that without the clever use of the supernatural in Macbeth it would not be as fascinating and thought provoking as it is. Bibliography: Macbeth - Hilary Burningham CGP - GCSE Text guide Complete play of Macbeth Oxfordshire school, Shakespeare - Macbeth
Use of the Supernatural in Macbeth In Shakespeare's play The Tragedy of Macbeth, Shakespeare uses an underlying motif of the supernatural to control the characters and add a new dimension to the play. Shakespeare uses a large motif of light vs. darkness throughout the play to present moral choices and religious ideas. When the play opens, there is thunder rolling around and the witches on stage. The thunder is symbolic of darkness and gives the audience the first impression that the play will not be ordinary. The witches who only appear in darkness, elements of the supernatural, are one of Shakespeare's classic ways of catching the audience's attention and of also setting the mood for the play.
There is also the supernatural element as the witches call up the evil spirits they serve at line 62. This ties in with other supernatural images in the play, such as when Macbeth sees the floating dagger before him before he murders Duncan. This supernatural image adds to the importance of the witches in the play. The witches also serve to develop our picture of Macbeth. In line 45, the witches, when they hear Macbeth knocking, say ‘Something wicked this way comes’.
From the very beginning of the play, supernatural and unnatural forces have inspired and encouraged Macbeth. They interfere with natural events and completely change the character of Macbeth and his wife. Witches, apparitions, ghosts, and other unnatural images are used to demonstrate the evil effects and consequences those forces can have. Shakespeare is successful in telling his audience that only evil will come when Macbeth or any other person tampers with natural forces for personal gain.
The existence of witchcraft was recognised by English law - an act of 1604 made the practice of it punishable by death - but it was by no means unquestioned. There can be little doubt that most of Shakespeare's audience would have believed in witches, and for the purpose of the play, at least, Shakespeare also accepted their reality. The three witches in the tragedy Macbeth are introduced right at the beginning of the play and the brief opening few scenes give an immediate impression of mystery, horror and uncertainty. This is a sign of things to come as witchcraft is used as one of the main themes of the play. The witches create an atmosphere of evil and disorder.
He would never have thought seriously about killing Duncan without the witches. This shows that Macbeth is hugely influenced by the supernatural. The ... ... middle of paper ... ...From all above, the use of the supernatural provides a suspenseful Macbeth play. The first prophecies have led Macbeth to murder Duncan and Banquo in order to gain the power of the throne. Lady Macbeth also relied on supernatural by her soliloquy to change her into a creature without human compassion, which at the end shows that spirits might possess her.
The Role of the Supernatural in Macbeth 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 written a book, 'Demonology', a similar subject. The witches are used as a representation of evil and the supernatural in the play and they create a mysterious atmosphere.
The Supernatural and its’ affect in the play Macbeth The supernatural has always fascinated and continues to intrigue mankind. In many of Shakespeare’s plays, he uses the supernatural to strengthen a particular scene or to influence the impression the audience has about someone or something. This was not strange or uncommon in Shakespeare’s time. In fact, during the 1500s, many people still believed in witches and witchcraft. Even in today’s society, with such advanced science and technology, many people are still influenced, if not dictated by the supernatural.
We first see signs of evil in the first act scene 1 when the witches meet in the thunder and lighting. This sets the atmosphere as it creates tension and drama. . The three witches are portrayed as mysterious, strange intriguing creatures Again we see the witches' evil plans in act 1 scene 3 .The witches have power over the elements but not power to kill. The description of the storm indicates what will happen to Macbeth and to Scotland "a drum, a drum Macbeth doth come".
Superstition in William Shakespeare's Macbeth Throughout Elizabethan times, Witches and witchcraft were considered to be in existence. Seeing a large proportion of the female community being condemned to death, which involved either drowning, hanging or being burnt at the stake was quite plausible at this time. Such savage practices were urged on by macabre and fevered fantasy of the supernatural. In my essay I intend examining how Shakespeare deployed this obsession of superstition in Macbeth and how it is a crucial element of the play. To begin with, the tone of the paranormal theme is set right from the beginning when we are first introduced to the witches.