Shakespeare's Use of the Supernatural in Macbeth

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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 Macbeth the play is very different to how they acted in real life. Shakespeare uses supernatural in Macbeth in many different ways. He uses the supernatural in the witches, Lady Macbeth, nature, the vision, the ghost and the apparitions-these are all key elements in this play. I think that the supernatural means that it does not belong to the natural world. As there was no scenery or lighting, the actors (as women were not allowed to enter or act in he theatres) would have a bigger effect on the audience and would really bring out the supernatural elements in Macbeth. Around the time that Macbeth was written people believed in witchcraft and wizardry. Even the king at the time, James I, wrote a book containing witchcraft called 'daemonology'. The people in Shakespearian times would truly believe that the witches and the events that take place could actually come true and happen in real life; but of course today we do not really believe i... ... middle of paper ... the supernatural come alive and encourages the audience to feel the supernatural. Words and visual effects let people experience the supernatural on a deeper level of emotion. Evil deeds are always committed in the dark whereas good happens when it is light. 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
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