The Supernatural in Macbeth

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The Supernatural in Macbeth

Everyone has a slightly different interpretation of the supernatural but the interpretation which we can start with is Shakespeare’s. Every one of Shakespeare’s time found the supernatural fascinating. Shakespeare presents Supernatural elements in "Macbeth" which are supernatural beings, such as the witches, supernatural images for example the dagger, thunder and lightning, darkness, an eclipse, horses going wild and savage, food chain turning upside down, supernatural beings, apparitions for example the ghost of Banquo or the show of eight Kings and supernatural images, ghost of Banquo, blood on Lady Macbeth's hands 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. The Supernatural makes the play more varied and interesting, catching and effective and lasting in the audiences mind. 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. James I personally believed he had been a victim of witchcraft but saw it as an opportunity to produce stage shows for his benefit. He used dramatization as means of “control” – plays show eventual royal power reasserting its authority e.g. Banquos sons.

Since it was an interesting issue which many people of Shakespeare’s time felt they were affected by, Shakespeare wrote about it. “Macbeth” with its supernatural theme was the 17th century’s equivalent to the modern day horror movie.

The play begins with a supernatural scene, where the three witches meet and give many clues as to who they are or what they have control over, “…we three meet

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