The Role of the Supernatural in the Play Macbeth ‘Fair is foul and foul is fair’ such a well-known line from the play Macbeth, with such power behind the words. I have reason to believe that the role of the supernatural plays a very important part in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, we can say that the supernatural occurs 4 times throughout the play that we can call supernatural because they are physically unnatural things to be seen, e.g. the appearance of Banquo’s ghost, the prophecies and the air-drawn dagger etc. But I have gone further into depth to find that the supernatural isn’t just physically noticeable but also mentally through hallucination etc. I have many reasons to believe this because the supernatural is involved throughout the play and also progresses.
King James I himself believed very much in the supernatural and he even wrote a book about the subject entitled 'Daemonologie' or 'Demonology'. This book explores and discuses witchcraft, necromancy, possession, demons, were-wolves, fairies and ghosts. James was obsessed with witches and witchcraft and he was convinced that witches were out to get him. Witchcraft was in fact one of the main obsessions of the time. Audiences watching Macbeth at the time shared this belief an... ... middle of paper ... ...tive, it also intrigues the audience and they are left wanting to know more as Macbeth was.
These apparitions “...focus on [the]...leadership [role of Macbeth]...[and they are not] decisive... [to whether he will end up with] success or failure [for] numerous activities.” (Khalid, paragraph 2) Macbeth wants to hear that he is still going to be in control and to get reassurance of his destiny as king. In that time frame, witches were believed to be real, magical and powerful beings who were out of the norm supernatural. They had triggered and warned both Macbeth and Banquo’s futures which lead to their deaths. Second, nature’s supernatural affairs are used to prove power and mourn for the dead in Macbeth. The witches of this play are very manipulative and like to prove their power.
Starting as the highly thought of thane of Glamis, Macbeth is told he shall become thane of Cawdor and then king. The witches, quickly portrayed as evil, could have predicted these events, or simply planted the idea in Macbeth’s head, to exploit his fatal flaw. As the play begins, we are introduced to the witches. They speak in rhyming couplets, just as all supernatural elements in Shakespeare’s work do. This could have been to let the audience, which would have been aware of this technique, that the witches are in fact, or simply appear magical.
The Supernatural in Macbeth Everyone has a slightly different interpretation of the supernatural but the interpretation which we can start with is Shakespeare’s. Everyone of Shakespeare’s time found the supernatural fascinating. Shakespeare interpreted the supernatural as witches, magic, unnatural and evil and he expressed his beliefs in the play, “Macbeth” very clearly, as he portrayed the three deformed women with control over the weather and the ability to predict the future. These three evil witches with magical powers were the creation of Shakespeare’s interpretation of the supernatural. 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.
The Use of the Supernatural in Macbeth by William Shakespeare In this essay I am going to explore the use of the supernatural in the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare. This is going to be done by showing how much power the supernatural elements had and how it influenced peoples' mind. The supernatural elements are the use of the witches, the dagger, Banquo's ghost and the apparitions in the play. Firstly, the use of the witches in the play is a key element in the supernatural. 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.
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. Another motif present in Macbeth is appearance vs. reality. In this motif, Shakespeare uses concepts that either hint at the character's delusion or that a supernatural force has taken over and controls what is real and what is not. An example of this is seen when Macbeth sees the dagger before him. The dagger could just be a hallucination or it could be a vision sent from the wi...
They would be intrigued by the witches? predictions in ?Macbeth,? as well as the witches? costumes on stage being scary to them. Nowadays, witches aren?t thought of as an avatar of the devil, so it would take a different kind of witch to interest a modern audience, one that challenges stereotypes.
The witches give the impression that they represent temptation, an example of this is when they (the witches) tell Macbeth he will become King, leading him on to carry out severe acts of evil. Witches were a representation of Supernaturalism and evil and it the 17th Century they didn't raise any questions over reality vs. appearance. We are told of the witches' wickedness when we are initially presented with a picture of Macbeth being " Full of the milk o' human kindness" but this is presented with a moral challenge or blemish. The witches posses ambiguous powers which prove important and manifest in the play. Our first acquaintance with the witches is in Act 1 scene 1 of the play.
The Supernatural in Macbeth Displays of supernatural activities were used throughout Macbeth, and evidence of this was brought out in the appearances of the three Witches. In Shakespeare's day, special effects were not used in his plays. Therefore, the dramatic performances and the suspenseful scenes were the fundamental qualities to making a great play. Shakespeare used the element of the unknown to evoke fear in the minds of his audience. By allowing the Witches to see into the future, it made Macbeth more suspenseful.