The supernatural is widely used in Macbeth, and covers major sections
of it. It is used to generate interest, and to provoke thought and
At the time the play was written, James the 1st was the English
monarch. James the 1st was originally James the 4th on the Scottish
throne, until there was a union of crowns between England and Scotland
in the late 16th century. Shakespeare wrote the play for him, so the
play Macbeth is popularly known as 'the Scottish play'.
Also during this time there were many more occurrences when witches
and heretics were burnt at the stake than at any period in history,
because people believed they manufactured plagues, pestilence and
famine through their 'black magic.'
When Shakespeare was writing the play, he wanted to impress the king
and interest his audience on his stage, the Globe Theatre. Shakespeare
did this by including the supernatural in his play.
Both king and populous have always been intrigued by the horror of
witches and the supernatural, but not as much as in the period of the
16th and 17th centuries. This was probably because of people wanting
to be religiously purer and remove disease from society. In the 16th
century many events occurred that were bizarre and impossible to
explain so were blamed on the supernatural.
Before James gained the crown of England as well as Scotland,
witchcraft was already on the people's minds. In 1563, parliament made
law that making murder by witchcraft was punishable by death. Forty
years later, any use of witchcraft was punishable by death. These laws
were made by a protestant parli...
... middle of paper ...
...as the famous sword fight between Macbeth and Macduff
at the end of the play. In the RSC's version, the sword fight is done
conventionally with swords. I consider this to generate a more
dramatic and keener interest in it. The Globes version was represented
with pebbles signifying their lives, and a weird hand tugging that I
did not understand.
If I directed the play, I would have gone for a more modern approach.
Macbeth could be considered just as some kind of Shakespearean current
affairs representation. Because of this, I consider that the witches
could have some kind of terrorist guise. Biological and chemical
weapons could replace the broth. I think this would be more
dramatically effective for the audience. I would also get full use out
of the lighting and special effects available in a more modern
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- 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.... [tags: Papers]
1246 words (3.6 pages)
- Shakespeare's Use of the Supernatural in Macbeth The supernatural is widely used in Macbeth, and covers major sections of it. It is used to generate interest, and to provoke thought and controversy. At the time the play was written, James the 1st was the English monarch. James the 1st was originally James the 4th on the Scottish throne, until there was a union of crowns between England and Scotland in the late 16th century. Shakespeare wrote the play for him, so the play Macbeth is popularly known as 'the Scottish play'.... [tags: Papers]
5132 words (14.7 pages)
- The supernatural was a popular element in many of the plays written in Shakespeare's time (including Hamlet) and everyone of Shakespeare's time found the supernatural fascinating. Even King James I took a special interest in supernatural and written a book, Daemonologie, on witchcraft. It must be remembered that, in Shakespeare's day, supernatural referred to things that were "above Nature"; things which existed, but not part of the normal human life and unexplainable. The play Macbeth involves many supernatural actions that act as a catalyst for suspense and thrill, insight into character, foreshadowing of future events as well as making connections with the theme.... [tags: European Literature]
858 words (2.5 pages)
- 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.... [tags: Papers]
976 words (2.8 pages)
- William Shakespeare's Dramatic Use of the Supernatural in Macbeth Be sure to include the witches, the dagger, Banquo's ghost, the apparitions and the Old man. There are many themes in Macbeth like ambition, loyalty and hypocrisy but Shakespeare has used the theme of the supernatural to create dramatic emphasis and suspicion. He has used the witches, dagger, Banquo's ghost, the apparitions and the old man to create to add an element of the supernatural to Macbeth. Throughout the play the witches create a sense of mystery.... [tags: Papers]
997 words (2.8 pages)
- “But in a sieve I’ll thither sail,/ And like a rat without a tail,/ I’ll do, I’ll do, and I’ll do” (1.3.8-10). Shakespeare 's Macbeth was thoroughly filled with similar supernatural spells, along with unnatural creatures and apparitions. In the play, Macbeth is characterized as an evil, vindictive tyrant. Macbeth 's brutality towards those closest to him including: Lady Macduff, Banquo, and Dunacn; initiate and continue the frequency of the physical evil that is disrupting the natural world. The supernatural theme in Macbeth is extremely prominent throughout the play.... [tags: Macbeth, Supernatural, Three Witches]
1754 words (5 pages)
- As stated by the great Polish Novelist Joseph Conrad, “The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.” (Brainy Quotes). Ah the supernatural, a silver tongued devil with the charisma of a spick and span car salesman. While many overlook the supernatural, this literary element can be the driving force in many stories that both develop plot, and hint towards the outcome of the story. Macbeth specifically has a large spectrum to which supernatural aspects are applied.... [tags: Macbeth, Supernatural, William Shakespeare]
1020 words (2.9 pages)
- Regardless of your position on supernatural events in our world, you have to acknowledge the supernatural forces at play in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In our society, we hear the occasional ghost stories or urban legends, hinting at an entanglement between our world and one more supernatural. However, when you look into the world of Macbeth, you are thrown into a world of witches, ghosts, and prophecies, all of which have very real influence upon their world. These supernatural forces pull the strings, manipulating the natural world for their liking, or benefit.... [tags: supernatural, manipulating, humanity]
707 words (2 pages)
- Consider the use that Shakespeare makes of supernatural elements in the play Macbeth. In the Shakespearean era, there was an eruption of superstition and alleged witchcraft. The people of that time had strong hatred for the ‘devil worshiping’ witches and had various trials and tests to determine their fate. Shakespeare used this as inspiration for his play ‘Macbeth’ We see the character of Macbeth go through a personality transformation after a powerful predicament from Three witches. Starting as the highly thought of thane of Glamis, Macbeth is told he shall become thane of Cawdor and then king.... [tags: William Shakespeare]
2509 words (7.2 pages)
- Use of Nature and Supernatural in Macbeth The aura of darkness, deception, and horror present in William Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth, envelopes the entire play and is created mainly by the sense of violence and foreboding that is evoked by the imagery. The dominant images of nature and the supernatural contribute to the atmosphere of this tragedy. The predictions of the weird sisters, along with natural forces and supernatural images, have lead to chaos in Scotland due to their impact on the characters of the play, which brings about many delusions and deaths.... [tags: Macbeth essays]
2529 words (7.2 pages)
- William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
- Investigating What happened in the Red Square
- Enthalpy Changes of Combustion of Different Alcohols
- Metal Chemistry Experiment
- The Presentation of Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
- Comparing the Written Report of Derek Bentleys Execution to the Film