The Supernatural in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

analytical Essay
672 words
672 words

The supernatural plays a huge role in the play of Macbeth. There are many different types of supernatural occurrences that take place in this play such as with witches, apparitions, and hallucinations. The supernatural affect all of the characters in the play in different ways, their different personalities often lead to different outcomes then were possibly intended. The witches in Macbeth play a huge role in the story but many people argue about what that role is. Some say that the witches planted the desire to be king into Macbeth's head, while others say that he already had the desire and the witches were just confirming what he already wanted to do. The witches may have set off the murderous desires in Macbeth or they may have just given him confirmation to set in motion an idea that he already had. Depending on how spiritual the reader is and if they believe in the supernatural they could say that the witches are just telling Macbeth what any man would want to hear, that he will be king, or they could be looking into his heart and seeing his desires and telling him what he wants to hear, or they could just purely be seeing the future and telling him what will be. But that is not the witches only role in the play, aside from telling Macbeth his future they also help him out later in the play by showing him apparitions and giving him more insight into his future and what to beware of. The apparitions in Macbeth could either be just figments of Macbeth's imagination or they could really be apparitions conjured up by the witches. The first apparitions is a floating "armed head" which the witches caution can read his thoughts. The head then speaks to him and says "Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff; Beware t... ... middle of paper ... ...ecret to the maid but their is no other witness so the maid is too afraid to tell anyone what the queen has said. The supernatural has a very strong pull on the plot of the story of Macbeth, they direct the whole direction of the story. The witches may or may not have planted the idea of becoming kings into Macbeth's head and start the chain of events that lead to Duncan's murder. The apparitions lead Macbeth into a false sense of security so that he is not properly cautious when Macduff's army march on his fortress. The hallucinations may not have the intended effect though because Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's secrets were covered up even when they confessed them. This play could not have existed without the effect of the supernatural. Works Cited Shakespeare, William, and John Crowther. "Act 4." Macbeth. New York, NY: Spark Pub., 2003. N. pag. Print.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how macbeth's apparitions could be figments of his imagination or conjured up by the witches.
  • Describes shakespeare, william, and john crowther's "act 4." macbeth. new york, ny: spark pub., 2003.
  • Explains that the supernatural plays a huge role in the play of macbeth.
  • Analyzes how macbeth's hallucinations are brought upon by a guilty conscience, as all the people who have had them have taken part in some dastardly dead to make them guilty.
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